Hokies 18th at The Ridges
Stinnett and Kraner tied for 52nd individually
September 13, 2003

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. -- Virginia Tech carded a two-round total of 611 and are in 18th place at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at The Ridges at the 7,147 yard, par-72 The Ridges Golf and Country Club in Jonesborough, Tenn. on Saturday afternoon.

The second round was suspended due to darkness Saturday evening. Six teams, including five teams in the top 10, will complete their second rounds on Sunday morning prior to the tournament's final round. Tech was one of 12 teams to finish both rounds on Saturday. The Hokies shot an opening round 309, but came back in the second round of the day to post a 302.

Sophomore Joel Kraner (Dublin, Ohio) and senior Ryan Stinnett (Amherst, Va.) are tied for 52nd place after the first day, at six-over-par, 150. Freshman Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.) is tied for 81st at 156 and freshman Carl Wakely (Cardiff, Wales) is in 89th place at 160. Redshirt junior Scott Wise (Vinton, Va.) is tied for 90th at 161. Sypniewski and Stinnett each shot 73s in the second round on Saturday.

When play was suspended Saturday night Florida led the event with a two-round total of six-under-par 570. TCU was still on the course at even par after a first round 294. Southern California and Wake Forest are tied for third at three-over-par and Clemson is in fifth place with a two round total of four-over-par 580. TCU, Wake Forest, Tennessee (7th place), Georgia and Oklahoma (tied for 9th) must complete their second rounds on Sunday. Tech trails 17th place Alabama by one stroke.

The event features perhaps the strongest field of the fall season. Twelve of the 30 teams from last season's NCAA Championship, including 2003 NCAA champion Clemson, are competing in this tournament.

The final round of the tournament will be played Sunday morning. Next on the schedule for the Hokies is the Preview, by Ping and Golfweek, on Sept. 21-22 at the Homestead Resort's Cascades Course. Virginia Tech is hosting the event, which features the top teams from last season's NCAA Championship on the same course that will host the 2004 NCAA Championship.