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    Hokies Fall to 15th at Furman
    Nicholson shoots 72 as an individual
    March 25, 2006

    GREENVILLE, S.C. - Virginia Tech shot a second round 310 and is tied for 15th place at 611 after the second round of the 37th Annual Furman Intercollegiate presented by Verizon Wireless at the par 72, 6,800-yard Furman University Golf Course on Saturday afternoon.

    Sophomore Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) leads the Hokies and is tied for 22nd place with a two-round total of 148 after shooting 78 on Saturday. Blaine Pefflex of Maryland leads the event at 139, two strokes ahead of Justin Newton of Elon.

    Junior Carl Wakely (Cardiff, Wales) is tied for 39th at 151 and freshman Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.) is tied for 52nd at 153. Junior Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.) and sophomore Jurrian van der Vaart (Almelo, The Netherlands) are tied for 86th at 160.

    The best round of the day by a Hokie was the even-par 72 by senior Sam Nicholson (Augusta, Ga.). The 72 is a career-best for Nicholson, who is playing the event as an individual. He is tied for 32nd at 150. Senior Joel Kraner (Dublin, Ohio), also playing the tournament as an individual, is tied for 49th at 152.

    First day leader Maryland continues to pace the event at 578, seven strokes ahead of Chattanooga and Samford. Wofford and host Furman are tied for fourth at 591, Iowa is sixth at 595 and East Carolina is seventh at 597. Francis Marion is eighth at 599, Western Carolina is ninth at 603 and Marshall is 10th at 604. Elon is 11th at 606 and Winthrop, Furman's "B" team and Davidson are tied for 12th at 607, four strokes ahead of the Hokies and Charleston Southern. Appalachian State is 17th at 615.

    The tournament will wind up with the third round on Sunday morning. Tech will return to action at Augusta State Invitational next weekend.

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