Hokies Ninth at Augusta
Sypniewski 22nd individually
April 1, 2006

EVANS, Ga. - Virginia Tech shot a two-round total of 584 and is in ninth place at the Administaff Augusta State Invitational at the par 72, 7,142 yard Champions Retreat Golf Club in Evans, Ga. on Saturday afternoon.

The Hokies shot a 10-over-par 298 in the morning's first round, but fired a two-under-par 286 in the afternoon's second round. The 286 is the Hokies' best round of the spring season and was tied for the second-best round of the afternoon.

Junior Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.) leads the Hokies with a two-round total of one-over-par 145 and is tied for 22nd place. Dustin Johnson of Coastal Carolina shot a five-under-par 139 to lead the event.

Sophomores Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) and Jurrian van der Vaart (Almelo, the Netherlands) each shot 146 and are tied for 31st place. Freshman Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.) shot 147 and is tied for 38th place and junior Carl Wakely (Cardiff, Wales) shot 158 and is tied for 78th place. Weaver's second round three-under-par 69 was the top round of the day for the Hokies and is tied for the second-best round of the tournament, so far.

Senior Sam Nicholson (Augusta, Ga.) is playing the event as an individual and shot a two-round total of 159 and is tied for 80th place overall.

Coastal Carolina shot 11-under-par 565 on Saturday and leads Minnesota by six strokes. Clemson is third at 573, USC-Aiken is fourth at 575 and Mississippi and UCLA are tied for fifth place at 578. Host Augusta State is seventh at 579 and NC State is eighth at 583, one stroke better than the Hokies. Washington is 10th at 586, East Tennessee State is 11th at 590 and Notre Dame is 12th at 592. Tennessee is 13th at 593, Georgia Southern is 14th at 596 and LSU is 15th at 601.

Virginia Tech is one of three ACC teams playing in the event, featuring one of the top fields in collegiate golf this spring. The tournament's final round will be played Sunday morning. Tech returns to action next weekend at the Courtyard by Marriott Intercollegiate in the Raleigh, N.C. area.