Tech Remains 13th in Puerto Rico
Sypniewski ninth individually
February 27, 2006

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico -- The Virginia Tech golf team shot a second round 292 and is in 13th place at 587 at the Puerto Rico Invitational at the 6,902-yard, par 72 River Course of the Rio Mar Golf Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico on Monday morning.

Junior Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.) leads the Hokies following a second round 73. He is tied for ninth place at two-under-par, 142. Pablo Martin of Oklahoma State leads the event with a two-round total of nine-under-par, 135.

Sophomore Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.) had the best round of the day for the Hokies, a one-under-par 71. He is tied for 30th place at one-over-par 145. Sophomore Jurrian van der Vaart (Almelo, The Netherlands) is tied for 67th place at 152 and sophomore Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) is tied for 71st at 153. Junior Carl Wakely (Cardiff, Wales) is tied for 75th at 154.

Oklahoma State shot the best round of the day, a 16-under-par 272 and takes the lead at 563, one stroke better than defending national champion Georgia. Florida remains third at 568 and day one leader Alabama falls to fourth at 574. Host Purdue is fifth at 575, East Tennessee State is sixth at 579 and Clemson is seventh at 582. Texas falls to eighth at 584 and North Carolina State, Arizona State and Duke are tied for ninth at 585. Georgia Tech is 12th at 586, one stroke ahead of the Hokies. Northwestern is 14th at 589 and Illinois is 15th at 593. Kent State, Michigan and Minnesota round out the field.

The 18-team tournament features perhaps the strongest field in collegiate golf this spring. Tech is one of five ACC schools competing. Following tomorrow's final round, the Hokies will return to action on March 12 and 13 at the General Jim Hackler Invitational at the TPC in Mrytle Beach, S.C.