Hokies Tie for Fourth at General Hackler
Weaver ties for eighth overall
March 13, 2006

MURRELL'S INLET, S.C. - Virginia Tech shot a final round total of 294 and finished with a total of 888 and tied Florida State for fourth place at the General Jim Hackler Invitational at the 6,950-yard, par-72 TPC of Myrtle Beach in Murrell's Inlet, S.C. on Monday afternoon.

The Hokies shot nine-over-par 297 in each of Sunday's two rounds and Monday's 294 was the fourth-best round of the day.

Freshman Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.) paced the Hokies at two-over-par 218 and tied for eighth place. He entered the day n 18th place, but his final round one-under-par 71 moved him up the leader board. His 71 was one of 10 rounds under par on Monday in the 81 player field. Alex Coe of Pepperdine shot a final round 69 and took medalist honors at six-under-par 210, one stroke better than Rhys Davies of East Tennessee State. This tournament was Weaver's best-ever finish and first top 10 finish as a Hokie.

Sophomore Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) tied for 17th place at 220 after a final round 72. Sophomore Jurrian van der Vaart (Almelo, The Netherlands) tied for 24th at 223. Junior Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.) tied for 58th at 231 and junior Carl Wakely (Cardiff, Wales) tied for 69th at 237.

East Tennessee State won the tournament with a three-round total of three-over-par 867, ten strokes better than host and defending champion Coastal Carolina. Pepperdine finished third at 887, one stroke better than the Hokies and Seminoles. Texas Tech, Kansas State and Arkansas tied for sixth at 891, Virginia was ninth at 892 and North Florida was 10th at 893. Notre Dame and UNC Wilmington tied for 11th at 896, followed by Toledo at 904, Illinois at 908 and Michigan State at 914.

The Hokies will return to action on March 24-26 at the Furman Intercollegiate in Greenville, S.C.