Hokies Announce Golf Signees
Hokies sign Sypniewski, Hillstrom and Wakely
November 18, 2002

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech has announced the signing of three golfers to national letters of intent for the 2003-04 academic year. These players comprise, what appears to be, the finest recruiting class ever for the Hokie golf team.

Ryan Sypniewski, from Radford, Va., attends Pulaski County High School. He has been the top-ranked VSGA junior boy in each of the last two years and followed current Hokies Ryan Stinnett and Scott Wise as the 2000 VSGA Junior Player of the Year. He won the 2000 VSGA Junior Match Play Championship, the 2001 VSGA Junior Championship and finished second in the 2002 VSGA Junior Match Play Championship. He is currently ranked #81 in the Golfweek/Titleist national rankings. He advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2002 VSGA State Amateur and finished third at the 2002 VSGA Junior Championship.

Ryan Hillstrom attends Cardinal Gibbons High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. He is a 2002 AJGA Polo All-American and is ranked #21 in the final 2001-02 Golfweek/Titleist national junior rankings. He qualified for the 2001 U.S. Amateur and won the 2002 AJGA Hargray Junior Championship. Hillstrom also finished fourth in the 2002 WorldCom Junior and the 2001 Florida State High School Championship. Hillstrom tied for seventh in the recently-completed 2002 Florida State High School Championship.

Carl Wakely attends Whitchurch High School in Cardiff, Wales. Wakely won the Wales State Boys Championship and the National Schools Championship. Wakely finished second in the Boys National Stroke Play Championship and reached the third round of the British Boys Amateur Championships at Carnoustie, Scotland. He finished last season ranked the #2 Junior Golfer in the State Order of Merit and #5 in the National Order of Merit. Wakely was named to the Wales Boys National Team for the Home Internationals and the Wales National Team for the Belgium Boys Championships.

"With the addition of three players who have had success on both the national and international level, this should be an outstanding recruiting class for us," Virginia Tech Golf Coach Jay Hardwick said. "We expect each of these young men to make an immediate impact in our program and look forward to the opportunity of having them with us for the next four years."