Hokies sign three to golf letters
Bailey, Eckstein and Green to join the Hokies in Fall 2007
November 8, 2006

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- The Virginia Tech golf program has announced the signing of three players to national letters of intent to attend Virginia Tech and play golf for the Hokies in Fall 2007.

Marshall Bailey from Fincastle, Va., won the 54th VSGA Junior Amateur Championship and the VHSL State Group A Championship in 2006. He was second at the 2006 USGA Junior Amateur qualifier and finished sixth at the AJGA Fidelity Investments Junior at Trump National in New Jersey and the IJGT Championship at Harbor Town in Hilton Head, S.C., in 2006. He finished seventh in the 2005 North-South Junior Championship.

In 2006, he was a member of the Virginias/Carolinas Junior Team, the Roanoke Valley Hall of Fame Team and the International Four-Ball Junior Virginia Team. He received the Certificate of Merit from the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame and the VHSL Academic Excellence Award. He was named to the 2005 Roanoke Times All-Timesland Team.

Aaron Eckstein from Salem, Va., won the North-South Junior Championship in 2006 and the Roanoke Valley Men's Hall of Fame, also in 2006. He finished second at the 2005 VSGA State Junior Championship at Lowes Island and was third at the 2006 VHSL Group AA Championship. He participated in the VSGA Virginia/West Virginia and Virginias/Carolinas team matches in 2005 and 2006. He was a member of the winning team in the 2006 International Four-Ball Championship in Savannah, Ga.

He was the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame Junior Player of the Year from 2003-06, becoming the first four-time recipient of this award. He was first team All-State from 2003-06. He was first team All-Timesland in 2003 and 2004 and second team in 2005, as named by The Roanoke Times.

Garland Green from Tazewell, Va., won the 2006 VSGA Junior Match Play Championship. He was the 2006 VHSL Southwest District tournament champion and Player of the Year and the 2006 VHSL Region IV Tournament Champion. He was seventh in 2005 VHSL State Championship.

Green was a member of the 2006 Virginia/West Virginia and the 2006 Virginias/Carolinas Junior Teams with Eckstein and Bailey. He was sixth in the 2006 AJGA Richmond Junior at Independence.

"Marshall, Aaron, and Garland are accustomed to success both in the classroom and on the golf course and should make an immediate impact on our program," Virginia Tech head coach Jay Hardwick said. "Though each of these players has different strengths, all three have a tremendous work ethic and sincere desire to continue improving.

"They have already experienced what it will be like to be teammates, since they were selected for both the Virginia/West Virginia and the Virginias/Carolinas Junior Teams this past summer. We are very excited to have this outstanding group from the state of Virginia join our team next fall."