Tech Winds Up Fall Season at Landfall
Wakely looks to continue strong play
October 27, 2005

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- The Virginia Tech golf team will conclude its Fall 2005 season on Oct. 28-30, as they travel to Wilmington, N.C. to compete in the Landfall Tradition. The tournament will once again be held at the 6,992-yard, par 72 Jack Nicklaus Course of the Country Club of Landfall and will be hosted by UNC Wilmington.

This is the fourth year for the 12-team event, and the Hokies have appeared in the tournament every year. Seven of the 12 teams competing are currently ranked in the Golfweek/Sagarin top 50. The Hokies are ranked 65th in the poll. The Hokies are the only Atlantic Coast Conference team competing.

The 54-hole event will begin with practice rounds on Thursday, Oct. 21. The tournament will feature 18-holes of competition Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tech finished ninth in last year's event. There is also a 12-team women's tournament being played concurrently at the course.

Tech is led by junior Carl Wakely (Cardiff, Wales), who had his best collegiate performance two weeks ago at the Ridges, where he finished third overall, trailing only the number-two and four ranked players in the country. Over the summer, Wakely won the Welsh National Amateur Championship in his native Wales.

Wakely will be joined by sophomore Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) and junior Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.). Also competing this week at Landfall are sophomore Jurrian van der Vaart (Almelo, Netherlands) and freshman Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.).

The Hokies will be making their fifth appearance of the season. Tech finished fourth at the Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions at the Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn. in mid-September, 10th at the Mattaponi Springs Shootout in Ruther Glen, Va. on Oct. 3-4 and 11th at the Coca-Cola Duke Classic on Oct. 9-10. The Hokies were eighth at the Ridges on Oct. 14-15.