Hokies Finish Eighth at NCAA Golf
de Jonge paces Hokies in 22nd place
June 2, 2001

DURHAM, N.C. - Virginia Tech shot a final round 295 and finished with an 1165, good for eighth place at the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships at the Duke University Golf Club in Durham, North Carolina.

Sophomore Brendon de Jonge led the Hokies, shooting a four-day total of even-par 288 and finished tied for 22nd place. Sophomore Chris McKeel shot a 291 and finished in a tie for 30th place. Junior Johnson Wagner finished with a 292 and was tied for 34th place and junior Brian Krusoe shot 304 and tied for 77th place.

"I'm very proud of what these players accomplished this season and in this event," head coach Jay Hardwick. "They gave everything you could ask for.

"For these players to come into their first NCAA Championships and finish ahead of some of the top teams in the country is a validation of what we've done all season."

The final day began with the completion of Friday's rain-shortened third round. The Hokies entered the morning three-over par for the third round, finished strong and posted a three-under par 285.

The Hokies, along with playing partners Arizona State and UAB, teed-off the final round at 10 a.m., in seventh place overall, after the completion of the third round. Tech entered the championships as the 17th seed.

Wagner fired a five-under par 67 in the delayed third round, a career-low round for the junior. Wagner, de Jonge, Krusoe and McKeel all had rounds under par in the tournament.

Florida won the championship with a four-day total of 1126, 18 strokes better than Clemson, which finished in second place at 1144. The Gators shot an 11-under par 277 in the third round and a 13-under par 275 in the final round en route to the victory.

Second-round leader Arizona was third at 1145 and Georgia Tech was fourth at 1148. Top-ranked Georgia finished fifth at 1152 and Arizona State was sixth at 1162. Augusta State finished seventh at 1164, one stroke better than the Hokies. East Tennessee State was ninth and Wake Forest finished 10th in the championships.

This is the Hokies second-best finish in the NCAAs and the best finish since the advent of regional play.