Hawaii, Puerto Rico trips highlight Hokie golf schedule
Hokies open season at Inverness
August 25, 2006 Blacksburg, Va. - Trips to Hawaii and Puerto Rico highlight one of the most challenging golf schedules in Virginia Tech history. The Hokies will play five Fall 2006 events and six Spring 2007 events this season. "We have always tried to play against the strongest competition possible and this year is no exception," head coach Jay Hardwick said. "We are very excited about two new events on our schedule. The Inverness Intercollegiate, featuring one of the top fields in the country, is played at the famed Inverness Club in Toledo, site of the 2009 NCAA Golf Championship; and the Aloha Purdue Collegiate Invitational during Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity for our team to compete in Hawaii for the first time." The Hokies begin play on Sept. 11 at the Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. The Inverness Club, a Donald Ross design, is one of the most storied venues in American golf history. The club has hosted four U.S. Opens, two PGA Championships, a U.S. Amateur and a U.S. Senior Open and is the site of the 2009 NCAA Championship. Tech will make return appearances at the Duke Golf Classic, the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at the Ridges and the Landfall Tradition before heading to Hawaii to play in the Aloha Purdue Collegiate Invitational at the Kiahuna Golf Club in Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii, over Thanksgiving break. Tech will open the Spring 2006 portion of the schedule at the Puerto Rico Invitational in San Juan on Feb. 25-27. The Hokie also will play in the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate, the Furman Invitational, the Administaff/Augusta State Invitational and the Courtyard by Marriott Intercollegiate before travelling to the Atlantic Coast Conference Golf Championship at the Old North State Golf Club in Baden Lake, N.C., on April 20-22. The Hokies return all five starters from last year's team that finished ninth in the ACC Championship. Sophomore Drew Weaver and redshirt freshman Matt Boyd qualified for the U.S. Amateur in Chaska, Minn., this summer.