Wagner Wins Metropolitan Open
Just fifth amateur in 86 years to win event
August 24, 2001

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - Virginia Tech golfer Johnson Wagner shot a final round four-under-par 66 Thursday to win the 2001 Metropolitan Open at the Bethpage State Park's Black Course in Farmington, N.Y.

Wagner entered Thursday's final round in fourth place, six strokes behind two-day leader Rick Hartmann, a professional from the Atlantic Golf Club. Wagner shot 68-72-66=206 to capture the event by three strokes over Hartmann.

A senior from Garrison, N.Y., Wagner, becomes just the fifth amateur to win the tournament in its 86 years and just the second person to win the event and the Metropolitan Amateur in the same year. Former winners of the Metropolitan Open include golf hall-of-famers Byron Nelson, Gene Sarazan, Walter Hagen and Tommy Armour. The Black Course at Bethpage State Park will be the site of the 2002 U.S. Open.

Wagner returns to campus this weekend and begins preparation next week for the Hokies' 2001-02 season. Tech opens play September 4-6 at the Topy Cup, an international event held at the Tanagura Country Club in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Tech is one of four American teams invited to the event, that annually draws a top international field.

The Hokies completed the 2000-01 season in the spring with an eighth place finish at the NCAA Division I Golf Championship at the Duke University Golf Course in Durham, N.C.