Tech Golfers Visit Duke
Hokies playing third event of the fall
October 7, 2005

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- The Virginia Tech golf team will make a short week of it, as the Hokies travel to Durham, N.C. for the Coca-Cola Duke Classic on October 9 and 10. This will be the Hokies' second tournament in th last seven days.

The 14-team event, hosted by Duke University, features a field of primarily ACC and Big Ten schools. Tech is one of five Atlantic Coast Conference teams in the tournament, and there are four Big Ten teams in the field. Seven schools in the event, including Virginia Tech, are ranked in the Golfweek/Sagarin national poll. The Hokies are currently ranked 28th.

The 54-hole event will be played at the 7,005 yard, par 72, Duke Golf Club in Durham, N.C. Following practice rounds on Saturday, the event will begin with 36 holes of action on Sunday and the final 18 holes will be played on Monday morning.

The Hokies will be making their third 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 and on Oct. 3-4, the Hokies finished 10th at the Mattaponi Springs Shootout in Ruther Glen, Va.

Tech will be led by sophomore Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) and junior Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.). Also competing this week at Duke are sophomore Jurrian van der Vaart (Almelo, Netherlands), freshman Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.) and junior Carl Wakely (Cardiff, Wales). Sophomore Chad Fultz (Staunton, Va.) will compete as an individual at Duke.