Hokies Finish 14th at Furman
MacDonald ties for 17th individually
March 26, 2006

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Virginia Tech shot a final round 300 and finished in 14th place at 911 at the 37th Annual Furman Intercollegiate presented by Verizon Wireless at the par 72, 6,800-yard Furman University Golf Course on Sunday afternoon.

Sophomore Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) led the Hokies and tied for 17th place with a three-round total of 222 after shooting 74 on Sunday. Blaine Peffley of Maryland claimed medalist honors at 10-under-par 206, six strokes ahead of Matt Cook of Western Carolina.

Freshman Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.) shot the Hokies' best round of the day, even-par 72. He finished tied for 31st at 225. Junior Carl Wakely (Cardiff, Wales) tied for 51st at 229 and sophomore Jurrian van der Vaart (Almelo, The Netherlands) tied for 80th at 236. Junior Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.) was 87th at 238.

Seniors Sam Nicholson (Augusta, Ga.) and Joel Kraner (Dublin, Ohio) played the event as individuals. The duo tied for 40th overall at 227.

Maryland won the event after leading all three rounds. The Terrapins shot three-over-par 867, 12 strokes ahead of Chattanooga. Samford was third at 885, Wofford fourth at 886 and host Furman was fifth at 889. East Carolina was sixth at 895, Iowa seventh at 896, Winthrop eighth at 906 and the trio of Francis Marion, Western Carolina and Davidson all tied for ninth at 907. Marshall was 12th at 909 and Elon was 13th at 910, one stroke ahead of the Hokies. Charleston Southern finished 15th at 917 and Appalachian State was 16th at 936.

The Hokies return to action on Saturday at the Augusta State Invitational in Augusta, Ga.