Hokies tied for 13th in Puerto Rico
Boyd tied for 24th individually
February 25, 2007

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico - Virginia Tech shot an opening round 294 and are tied for 13th place at the Puerto Rico Invitational at the 6,945-yard, par 72, River Course at the Rio Mar Golf Club at the Westin Rio Mar Beach Resort on Sunday afternoon.

Redshirt freshman Matt Boyd (Sugar Land, Tex.) shot an opening round one-under-par 71 and is tied for 24th place after the first round. Cian McNamara and Rhys Davies, both of East Tennessee State, each shot opening round totals of seven-under-par 65 and are tied for the lead.

Sophomore Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.) is tied for 38th with a first-round total of even-par 72 and senior Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.) is tied for 52nd at 74. Junior Jurrian van der Vaart (Almelo, the Netherlands) is tied for 71st at 77 and junior Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) is tied for 87th at 82.

East Tennessee State, behind the play of McNamara and Davies, leads the event at 15-under-par 273, six strokes ahead of defending tournament champion Georgia. Stanford is third at 281, defending national champion Oklahoma State is fourth at 282 and Clemson is fifth at 283. Duke and Alabama are tied for sixth at 284 and Georgia Tech and Kent State are tied for eighth at 287. Minnesota and Texas are tied for 10th at 288 and Northwestern is 12th at 289, five strokes ahead of a trio comprised of the Hokies, Florida and host Purdue at 294. Illinois and North Carolina State are tied for 18th at 297 and Michigan is 18th at 304.

Fifteen of the field's 18 teams are ranked in the top 50 according to Golfweek, including five of the top six: top-ranked Florida, No. 2 Stanford, No. 4 Oklahoma State, No. 5 Georgia and No. 6 Alabama. Purdue, the host team, is currently ranked No. 43 and is joined by No. 12 Clemson, No. 16 East Tennessee State, No. 19 Georgia Tech, No. 22 Texas, No. 23 Duke and No. 28 Minnesota. Last year's champion was Georgia with a team score of 843. Chris Kirk (Georgia) won the individual medal with a three-round score of 205.

The Hokies, who were able to play just one round of golf prior to traveling to Puerto Rico due to inclement weather, will play the second round on Monday morning and finish the event on Tuesday morning.