Virginia Tech Golf Enjoys Successful Fall Season
Hokies currently ranked 15th nationally
November 29, 2000

The Virginia Tech men's golf team concluded the Fall 2000 season the way it intended, by winning a tournament.

This was nothing new to the young Hokie squad which continued to make a name for itself in every tournament it played. Tech finished second or better in all six tournaments, winning three times. The team also finished on a roll by winning three out of their last four events, including the last two tournaments.

The Hokies started off the year by playing in the G. Gunby Jordan Intercollegiate held at the Mountain View Course in Callaway Gardens, Ga., and despite the absence of sophomore standout Brendon de Jonge (Harare, Zimbabwe) still placed second of twelve teams. Tech was led by Brian Krusoe (Northfield, Ohio) and Chris McKeel (Wilson, N.C.) who finished second and ninth, respectively.

Next up for the Hokies was the PSINet Collegiate Invitational held at the Dellwood Hills Country Club in Minneapolis, Minn. The return of de Jonge proved helpful for Tech as it finished second of twelve teams and placed four players in the top 20 with Johnson Wagner (Garrison, N.Y.) and Krusoe leading the way, finishing fourth and eighth, respectively.

Paced by the outstanding play of Krusoe and McKeel, Tech went on to win its first tournament of the season, The Adams Cup of Newport, played at the Newport Country Club and Pt. Judith Country Club in Newport, R.I. The Hokies finished seven strokes ahead of host Rhode Island, and placed four golfers in the top 20. Both de Jonge and Wagner finished in a tie for 14th.

After a week layoff Virginia Tech arrived in Durham, N.C., for the Duke Golf Classic. Led by the play of de Jonge, who shot a one-under-par 215 for the tournament and placed fourth, Tech went on to finish second in the 18-team field.

Looking to capitalize on their final two tournaments, the Hokies did just that. After a second place finish the week before, Tech came out strong in the first round of the VCU NCAA East Regional Fall Preview and never looked back. After one round of play on the Ford's Colony-Marsh Hawk Course in Williamsburg, Va., the Hokies led Furman by three strokes and host VCU by eight. With three players shooting an even-par 72 in the second round, Tech cruised to a first place finish. The Hokies dominated the field with de Jonge leading the way as the tournament's medalist. Additionally, Tech placed two more at the top with juniors Krusoe and Wagner finishing in a tie for third.

Next up for the Hokies was the ODU/SeaScape Collegiate Invitational held at the SeaScape Golf Club in Nags Head, N.C. Tech placed four golfers in the top 12 en route to victory, with de Jonge again winning the tournament's individual title. Also starring for the Hokies was the trio of Krusoe, Wagner, and freshman Ryan Stinnett (Amherst, Va.). Krusoe finished 10th, shooting a two-over-par 146. Both Wagner and Stinnett each recorded scores of 147 to finish in a tie for 12th.

The Hokies ended the fall season ranked 15th in the nation. Leading the way were de Jonge and Krusoe who posted an impressive 72.15 and 72.68 average per round, respectively. Individually, de Jonge is ranked 23rd and Krusoe 59th nationally.

Tech looks to continue its success when the spring season gets underway with the Matlock Collegiate Classic at the Grasslands Golf Club in Lakeland, Fla., March 5-6.