Hokies Finish 15th at The Preview
    Stinnett shoots even par on Tuesday
    September 23, 2003

    HOT SPRINGS, Va. - Virginia Tech shot a final round 302 and finished with a 36-hole total of 610 for a 15th place finish at The Preview by Ping & Golfweek at the 6,679-yard, par 70 Cascades Golf Course at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va. on Tuesday afternoon.

    The tournament was shortened to 36 holes when rain forced the cancellation of the second round of Monday.

    Senior Ryan Stinnett (Amherst, Va,) shot a final round even-par 70 and finished with a two-round total of 145, and tied for 20th place. John Poucher of UCLA won medalist honors at two-under-par 138. Kevin Silva of North Carolina was second at 139.

    Sophomore Sam Nicholson (Augusta, Ga.) tied for 47th individually, shooting 10-over-par150. Freshman Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.) tied for 61st at 152 and sophomore Joel Kraner (Dublin, Ohio) was 74th at 163. Freshman Ryan Hillstrom (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) finished in 75th place at 170.

    UCLA won the tournament, shooting a 12-over-par 572 and defeated Georgia Tech by one stroke. First round leader and defending national champion Clemson and Florida tied for third at 575 and Georgia was fifth at 577.

    The event was shortened to 36 holes when rain forced the cancellation of the second round of Monday. The tournament, hosted by Virginia Tech, featured the top field in collegiate golf this fall. The top seven teams in the nation competed in this event. The Homestead Resort's Cascades Golf Course and Virginia Tech will host the 2004 NCAA Men's Division I Golf Championship June 1-4, 2004.

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