Hokies 13th in Puerto Rico
    Sypniewski sixth individually
    February 26, 2006

    RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico - Virginia Tech shot an opening round seven-over-par 295 and is in 13th place at the Puerto Rico Invitational at the 6,902-yard, par 72 River Course of the Rio Mar Country Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico on Sunday afternoon.

    Junior Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.) leads the Hokies with a three-under par 69 and is in sixth place after the first round. Five players shot opening-round 68s and are tied for the lead, one stroke ahead of Sypniewski.

    Sophomore Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) and freshman Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.) are tied for 38th place after shooting 74 in the first round. Junior Carl Wakely (Cardiff, Wales) is tied for 69th place at 78 and Jurrian van der Vaart (Almelo, The Netherlands) is tied for 83rd at 80.

    Alabama leads the event at eight-under-par 280, one stroke ahead of defending national champion Georgia. Florida is third at 284, Arizona State is fourth at 285 and Texas is fifth at 286. Host Purdue is sixth a 287, Georgia Tech is seventh at 288 and Northwestern and Oklahoma State are tied for eighth at 291. East Tennessee State is 10th at 293. North Carolina State is 11th at 293 and Clemson is 12th at 294, one stroke ahead of the Hokies. Duke, Kent State, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota round out the 18-team event.

    The tournament boasts one of the finest fields in collegiate golf. The Hokies are one of five ACC schools in the tournament. The second round will be played on Monday morning and the final round will be held Tuesday morning. Following this event, the Hokies will return to action on March 12 and 13 at the General Jim Hackler Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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