Hokies Tied for Sixth at Tennessee
MacDonald tied for 11th individually
September 12, 2005

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Virginia Tech fired a two-round total of 571 and is tied for sixth place at the Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions at the par 71, 6,932-yard Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn. on Monday afternoon.

The Hokies are led by sophomore Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) who shot a two round total of two-under-par 140 to tie for 11th place overall. Host Tennessee's Lloyd Campbell leads the event with a nine-under par 133. MacDonald shot a second round three-under-par 68.

Junior Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.) is tied for 13th place individually at 141 and sophomore Jurrian van der Vaart (Almelo, the Netherlands) is tied for 22nd at 143. Sophomore Will Oldham (Richmond, Va.) and senior Joel Kraner (Dublin, Ohio) are tied for 56th at 149. Sypniewski shot an opening round four-under-par 67 for Tech. This is van der Vaart's first tournament for the Hokies after transferring this summer from Minnesota.

Freshman Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.) is playing the tournament as an individual and is tied for 65th overall with a 151 in his first collegiate event.

Defending champion Tennessee shot a tournament-record 546 over the first two rounds and takes an 18 stroke lead into the final round on Tuesday. Alabama is second at 564 and Georgia Southern is third at 566. Missouri and Virginia are tied for fourth at 569, two strokes ahead of the Hokies, Florida State and Arkansas. North Florida is ninth at 574 and LSU round out the top 10 at 576. The College of Charleston is 11th at 577, Mississippi State is 12th at 581 and Mississippi is 13th at 583. The Finland Junior National team is also competing in this event and is 14th at 594.

The final round of the 14-team tournament will be played on Tuesday. Tech will return to action on October 3-4 at the Mattaponi Springs Collegiate Shootout in Ruther Glen, Va.