Hokies Eighth at ACC Championship
MacDonald opens with 70
April 21, 2006

NEW LONDON, N.C. -- The Virginia Tech golf team shot an opening round 291 and is in eighth place at the 2006 ACC Men's Golf Championship at the 7,102 yard, par 72, Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point in New London, N.C. on Friday afternoon.

Sophomore Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) leads the Hokies after shooting a two-under-par 70 on Friday. He is tied for ninth place individually, five strokes behind leader Michael Barbosa of Georgia Tech.

Sophomore Jurrian van der Vaart (Almelo, Netherlands) is tied for 21st at even-par 72 and junior Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.) is tied for 28th at 73. Freshman Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.) shot 76 and is tied for 46th and junior Carl Wakely (Cardiff, Wales) is tied for 50th at 78.

Georgia Tech leads the event, shooting 12-under-par 276 on Friday, two strokes better than North Carolina. Maryland and North Carolina State are tied for third at 284 and Florida State and Clemson are tied for fifth at 285. Duke is seventh at one-under-par 287, four strokes better than the Hokies. Wake Forest is ninth at 292, Virginia is 10th at 293 and Boston College is 11th at 314.

The second round of the 11-team tournament will be played Saturday and the final round will tee off on Sunday morning. Five ACC teams are ranked among the top 25 nationally in both the Golfweek/Sagarin poll and the GCAA/Bridgestone coaches poll, headed by Georgia Tech at number-four in both polls. The winner of the tournament will receive an automatic berth in the NCAA regionals.