Hokies finish fourth in Hawaii
Weaver falls in playoff for medalist honors
November 23, 2006

KAUAI, Hawaii - Virginia Tech shot a final round 278 and finished in fourth place at the Aloha Purdue Collegiate Invitational at the par 70, 6,885-yard Kiahuna Golf Club in Kauai, Hawaii on Thanksgiving Day.

The Hokies finished with a three-round total of 857, ten strokes behind tournament champion Texas. This is Tech's best finish of the fall season and the Hokies defeated two of the top five teams in the country, top-ranked Alabama and fifth-ranked Clemson.

Sophomore Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.) led the Hokies with scores of 71-68-68=207 and tied Clemson's Kyle Stanley at the end of regulation. Stanley defeated Weaver in a playoff to claim medalist honors. Weaver's second place finish is the best finish of the season for a Hokie and Weaver's career-best finish. Stanley is currently ranked 19th nationally.

Junior Jurrian van der Vaart (Almelo, Netherlands) tied for 11th at 214 and redshirt freshman Matt Boyd (Sugar Land, Tex.) tied for 17th at 216. Junior Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) tied for 28th at 220 and redshirt sophomore Will Oldham (Spartanburg, S.C.) was 44th at 234. Weaver and van der Vaart each shot rounds of 68 for the Hokies' low round of the day. Three of Tech's five rounds were par or better.

The Longhorns won the event after a final round 277 and finished at 847, six strokes better than runner-up Michigan. Host and day-one leader Purdue was third at 856, one stroke ahead of the Hokies. Clemson was fifth at 859, Pepperdine was sixth at 863, top-ranked Alabama was seventh at 871, Notre Dame was eighth at 874 and Rice was ninth at 898.

This is the final tournament of the fall season for Virginia Tech. The Hokies return to action on Feb. 25-27, 2007 at Purdue's Puerto Rico Invitational at the Rio Mar Country Club's River Course in San Juan, Puerto Rico.