Drew Weaver joins Boyd in U.S. Amateur field
    Hokie golfer finishes second at North Carolina sectional
    August 2, 2006

    Blacksburg, Va. - Virginia Tech golfer Drew Weaver shot a two-round total of 135 to qualify for the 2006 United States Amateur Championship, to be played August 21-27 at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.

    Weaver, a rising sophomore from High Point, N.C., shot 65-70=135 to earn one of three spots from the sectional qualifier at Oak Valley Golf Club in in Advance, N.C. on July 31-August 1. Weaver's opening-round seven-under par 65 led the event after the first round on Monday. He finished the event second out of 75 golfers in the sectional qualifier.

    This will be 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.

    Weaver joins teammate Matt Boyd in the field. Boyd qualified last week from a sectional in Houston. This marks the first time in school history that a pair of current Hokies have played in the U.S. Amateur.

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