Tech Up to Eighth at Landfall
MacDonald fourth individually
October 29, 2005

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- The Virginia Tech golf team shot a second round 297 on Saturday and has a two-day total of 599 at the 2005 Landfall Tradition.

The Hokies improved to eighth place in the 12-team tournament at the 6,992 yard, par 72, Jack Nicklaus Course at the Country Club at Landfall in Wilmington, N.C. Tech was 10th after the first round on Friday, but Saturday's 297 was tied for the second-best round of the day.

Sophomore Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) shot a one-under-par 71 in the second round and is in fourth place after the second day at 145. Jerad Harklau of Texas A&M leads the event entering the final round at two-under-par 142, three strokes ahead of MacDonald. MacDonald's 71 was one of just four rounds under par on the day; all four were one-under-par 71.

Junior Carl Wakely (Cardiff, Wales) is tied for 32nd at 152 and junior Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.) is tied 38th at 153 after a second round even-par 72. Sophomore Jurrian van der Vaart (Almelo, Netherlands) is tied for 41st at 154 and freshman Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.) is tied for 49th at 157. MacDonald and Sypniewski were two of only 11 rounds of even-par or better on Saturday.

Texas A&M leads the tournament with a two-round total of 589, two strokes better than first round leader Tulsa. Coastal Carolina is third at 592, Minnesota is fourth at 593 and VCU is fifth at 595. Illinois is sixth at 597 and Ohio State is seventh at 598, one stroke better than the Hokies. Michigan State is ninth at 601 and Purdue is 10th at 604. Memphis is 11th at 608 and host UNC Wilmington is 12th at 617.

The final round will be played Sunday morning. This is the final tournament for the Hokies in the fall season. Next up for Tech is the Puerto Rico Invitational at the Rio Mar Country Club in San Juan, Puerto Rico Feb. 26-28.