Drew Weaver advances in the U.S. Amateur
Hokie golfer begins match play on Wednesday
August 23, 2006

CHASKA, Minn. - Virginia Tech golfer Drew Weaver made par on the first playoff hole and advanced to match play at the 2006 United States Amateur Championship at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.

Weaver, a rising sophomore from High Point, N.C., shot 78-69=147 in his two rounds of stroke play on Monday and Tuesday. He was one of 11 players in a playoff for the final 10 spots in match play.

Needing a 69 to advance, Weaver shot a 33 on his second nine on Tuesday to reach the playoff. He is one of 64 players to advance to match play out of the 312 player field. Match play begins on Wednesday, when Weaver meets Oliver Fisher of England at 9:00 a.m. CDT.

This is Weaver's second appearance in the U.S. Amateur. He was the youngest competitor (age 16) at the 2003 U.S. Amateur at the Oakmont Cuntry Club in Oakmont, Pa. He also advanced to match play and finished 17th at the 2004 U.S. Junior Amateur at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Weaver competed in all 11 events for the Hokies as a freshman in 2005-06. He was second among the regulars in stroke average (74.18) and recorded 12 rounds of par-or-better. He was the Hokies' top finisher in three events and had his best finish at the General Jim Hackler Invitational in Myrtle Beach, where he placed eighth out of 81 players.

Teammate Matt Boyd and former Hokie Brian Krusoe were in the field, but did not advance to match play. This marked the first time in school history that a pair of current Hokies played in the U.S. Amateur.

Live stats of Weaver's match with Fisher can be found at http://www.usamateur.org/scoring/match/0105.htm