Hokies tied for fourth after first round at the Ridges
    MacDonald leads individually
    October 14, 2006

    JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. - Virginia Tech shot an opening-round total of 296 and is tied for fourth place at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at the Ridges at the 7,147-yard, par 72 Ridges Golf and Country Club in Jonesborough, Tenn. on Saturday afternoon.

    Most of the second round was completed, but the Hokies must finish up their second round on Sunday morning before beginning the final 18 holes.

    When play was halted on Saturday due to darkness, the Hokies were one of three teams still on the course in the second round and was tied for eighth place. The first round was delayed due to frost.

    Junior Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) was tied for the lead in the event following the first two rounds with a two-under-par 70. He was one of three golfers at 70. MacDonald was in seventh place when play was halted.

    Junior Jurrian van der Vaart (Almelo, The Netherlands) shot an opening round 74 and redshirt sophomore Will Oldham (Spartanburg, S.C.) shot a 75. Freshman Matt Boyd (Sugar Land, Tex.) shot 77 and sophomore Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.) shot an opening round 80.

    At the end of the first round, host East Tennessee State led the event at 291, three strokes ahead of Tennessee and TCU. The Hokies were two strokes back at 296, tied with North Carolina and Wake Forest. NC State was seventh at 299, Auburn was eighth at 302 and South Carolina and top-ranked Alabama were tied for ninth place at 304. Kent State was 11th at 305, UAB was 12th at 306, Virginia was 13th at 309, and Pepperdine and Kentucky were tied at 312.

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