Hokies fifth after day one in Hawaii
Weaver tied for fourth individually
November 23, 2006

KAUAI, Hawaii - Virginia Tech shot a two-round total of 579 and is in fifth place after the first day at the Aloha Purdue Collegiate Invitational at the par 70, 6,885-yard Kiahuna Golf Club in Kauai, Hawaii on Wednesday afternoon.

Sophomore Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.) led the Hokies with scores of 71-68=139 and is tied for fourth place entering the final round on Thanksgiving Day. Purdue's Peter Richardson leads the event with a total of six-under-par 134, five strokes ahead of Weaver.

Redshirt freshman Matt Boyd (Sugar Land, Tex.) is tied for 11th at 144 and junior Jurrian van der Vaart (Almelo, Netherlands) is tied for 18th at 146. Junior Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) is tied for 35th at 150 and redshirt sophomore Will Oldham (Spartanburg, S.C.) is in 43rd place at 156. Weaver and Boyd each shot rounds of 68 for the Hokies' low round of the day.

Host Purdue leads the tournament with a two-round total of 567, three strokes better than Texas. Clemson is third at 572 and Michigan is fourth at 575, four strokes ahead of the Hokies. Notre Dame is sixth at 582, Pepperdine is seventh at 584, top-ranked Alabama is eighth at 588 and Rice is ninth at 602. The Hokies and the Crimson Tide were paired in the first two rounds.

The trip has not been all work for the Hokies. Following a practice round on Tuesday, the Hokies got the opportunity to attend the Grand Slam of Golf, a four-man event featuring the winners of the four major championships in 2006. Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk, Geoff Oglivy and Mike Weir competed in this year's event in Kauai. Woods won the tournament by two strokes over Furyk.

This is the final tournament of the fall season for the Hokies. The final 18 holes will be played on Thursday.