Hokies struggle at Landfall
MacDonald eighth individually
October 27, 2006 WILMINGTON, N.C. - Virginia Tech shot an opening round 311 and is in ninth place at the Landfall Tradition at the 7,084 yard, par 72 Jack Nicklaus Course of the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C. on Friday afternoon. Junior Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) leads the Hokies with a first round two-over-par 74 and is tied for eighth place. Mitch Cohlmia of Tulsa and Bobby Knowles of Kansas are tied for the lead at one-under-par 71. Three Hokies, junior Jurrian van Der Vaart (Almelo, Netherlands), redshirt sophomore Will Oldham (Spartanburg, S.C.) and redshirt freshman Matt Boyd (Sugar Land, Tex.) are tied for 36th at 79 and sophomore Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.) is tied for 54th at 82. Tulsa leads the event with a seven-over-par 295, one stroke ahead of Purdue. Ohio State and Kansas are tied for third at 299 and Memphis is fifth at 305. Indiana is sixth at 306 and Xavier is seventh at 309. Missouri is eighth at 310, one stroke ahead of the Hokies. Host UNC Wilmington is 10th at 314, VCU is 11th at 316 and Maryland is 12th at 320. The second round will be played on Saturday and the final 18 holes will be played on Sunday. This is the Hokies final mainland tournament of the fall. The Hokies will play at the Aloha Purdue Collegiate Invitational in November.