Virginia Tech Releases 2004-05 Golf Schedule
Challenging schedule awaits Hokies in Atlantic Coast Conference
September 10, 2004 Nine regular season events featuring perhaps the strongest competition in school history highlight the 2004-05 Virginia Tech golf schedule. The Hokies begin play in the nation's strongest league, the Atlantic Coast Conference, this season. The Hokies are under the direction of Jay Hardwick, now in his 22nd year as head coach at his alma mater. Tech will open the season Sept. 11-12 at the Bank of Tennessee/The Ridges Intercollegiate at the Ridges Golf Club in Johnson City, Tenn. The 15-team event boasts 10 nationally-ranked squads, led by second-ranked Clemson. In all, seven ACC teams will compete in the tournament. "Our entrance into the Atlantic Coast Conference on July 1 marked the beginning of a new era in Virginia Tech Athletics," Hardwick said. "The ACC is the top-ranked golf conference in the country and we are proud to be a part of this elite group. Our 2003-04 schedule was ranked #1 in the country in October 2003. We always try to play tournaments that will pit us against the best in college golf and this year's schedule is no different." The remainder of the fall schedule features tournaments at North Carolina, Duke and UNC Wilmington. The Hokies will open the Spring 2005 slate at the Puerto Rico Invitational Feb. 27 through March 1 at the Rio Mar Country Club's Ocean and River Courses in San Juan P.R. The event, hosted by Purdue, has become one of the premier events on the collegiate scene. The Hokies will also compete in spring events hosted by Coastal Carolina, Furman, Augusta State and North Carolina State. This spring, the Hokies will compete in the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Golf Championship at the Old North State Golf Club in Baden, N.C. April 15-17. NCAA Regionals begin May 19, 2005. Live stats for the season-opening event at The Ridges can be found at: http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/index.cfm?tournament_id=475.