Hardwick finishes fifth at Senior State Open of Virginia
Tech golf coach tops in his age division
September 28, 2006

Virginia Tech head golf coach Jay Hardwick finished fifth at the first Senior State Open of Virginia played last weekend at the par-70 Westhampton Course of the Country Club of Virginia in Richmond.

Hardwick shot rounds of 72 and 74 in the two-round event for a total of 146. He finished four shots behind the winner, Scott Frasier, the golf pro at Hunting Hills Country Club in Roanoke. Frasier won in a three-way playoff with amateurs O.D. Gardner of Virginia Beach and Joe Restein of Cape Charles.

Hardwick finished first in the 50-59 age division and was the second-lowest pro in the 93-player field. His round was highlighted by a hole-in-one on the 166-yard, par-3 No. 17. Hardwick, who holed out using a 6-iron, now has seven career aces, with three coming in competition.

The event marked just Hardwick's second competitive event this year. He finished sixth at the Middle Atlantic Section PGA Senior Championship played at the Cascades Course at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va. In that tournament, he shot rounds of 71 and 75 for a 146 total.

The top eight players in that event qualified for the National PGA Senior Club Professional Championship in late October at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Hardwick, though, will not be playing because the Hokies play in a tournament that same weekend.

Tech opened its fall season Sept. 11-12th at the Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational in Toledo, Ohio. The Hokies' next tournament is the Duke Golf Classic on Oct. 8-9th at the Duke University Golf Club in Durham, N.C.