Hokie Golfers Excel During Summer
Wagner, de Jonge win events over the weekend
August 7, 2001

Even though class is not in session, on-course activity is in full swing for the Virginia Tech golf team this summer.

Johnson Wagner won the 2001 Metropolitan Amateur Sunday, defeating Jack Skirkanich, 6&5 in the 36-hole match play final at the Hudson National Golf Club in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. Wagner qualified for match play by winning the event's medalist honors by six strokes on Thursday.

Wagner, a senior from Garrison, N.Y., was up four after four holes and captured the title after Skirkanich bogeyed the 15th, to fall six holes down. In the semifinals, Wagner defeated two-time U.S. Mid-Amateur Champion and Walker Cup member Jerry Courville. With the win, Wagner qualifies for the Metropolitan Open in two weeks.

Brendon de Jonge, a junior from Harare, Zimbabwe, won the Pocahontas Amateur on Sunday by six strokes. He was three strokes off the lead after Friday's first round, but shot a course-record 60 on Saturday to take the lead entering the final round. On Sunday, de Jonge shot 70 for a 12-under par total of 198 and a six-stroke victory. He fired a 29 on the back nine on Sunday, with eight birdies and an eagle.

Earlier in the summer, de Jonge won the Alleghany Amateur at the Blacksburg Country Club by one stroke with a 141. He also competed in the prestigious North/South Amateur and the Eastern Amateur. Teammates Wagner, Chris McKeel (Soph., Wilson, N.C.) and Brian Krusoe (Sr., Northfield, Oh.) joined de Jonge in the North/South field, while Wagner, Krusoe, Ryan Stinnett (Soph., Amherst, Va.), Scott Wise (r-Fr., Vinton, Va.) and Ryan Whalen (r.-So., Bluefield, W.Va.) also competed in the Eastern Amateur.

Stinnett finished second at the Central Virginia Invitational and played in both the VSGA State Amateur and the Virginia State Open. Whalen finished ninth in the West Virginia State Open and has qualified for the West Virginia Amateur later this month.

Matt Hollerbach, a redshirt sophomore from Tulsa, Oklahoma, competed in the Oklahoma Open, Oklahoma State Amateur and the Southern Amateur. Wise finished fifth in the Roanoke Valley Hall of Fame Championship. He was the medalist for local qualifying for the Virginia State Amateur.

Tech completed the 2000-01 season with an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championship in Durham, N.C. The Hokies open the Fall 2001 season on Thursday, September 4, as they travel to Japan as one of four U.S. competitors in the Topy Cup Collegiate Golf Championship in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.