Hokies ninth after first round at Furman
    Sypniewski tied for fourth individually
    March 23, 2007

    GREENVILLE, S.C. - Virginia Tech shot a first round 297 and is in ninth place at the Furman Intercollegiate at the par-72, 6,825-yard Furman University Golf Club on Friday afternoon.

    Senior Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.) shot an opening round three-under-par 69 and is tied for fourth place. Four players shot four-under-par 68 to lead the event.

    Junior Jurrian van der Vaart (Almelo, the Netherlands) shot 73 and is tied for 23rd and redshirt freshman Matt Boyd (Sugar Land, Texas) is tied for 55th at 76. Junior Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) and sophomore Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.) each shot 79 and are tied for 89th overall.

    Three Hokies are playing the event as individuals. Junior Chad Fultz (Staunton, Va.) is tied for 23rd at 73, and junior Carl Wakely (Cardiff, Wales) and redshirt sophomore Will Oldham (Spartanburg, S.C.) each shot 79 and are tied for 89th.

    Elon leads the tournament after shooting a first round total of 287, one stroke better than East Carolina and Charleston Southern. Jacksonville is fourth at 291, Old Dominion is fifth at 293 and Rhode Island is sixth at 294. Winthrop and UNC Greensboro are tied for seventh at 296, one stroke better than the Hokies. Iowa is 10th at 299 and Marshall, Maryland and host Furman are tied for 11th at 300. UNC Wilmington, Francis Marion, Samford and Davidson are tied for 14th at 301 and Wofford is 18th at 303. Western Carolina is 19th at 304 and Appalachian State is 20th at 307.

    The tournament will conclude with the second round of Saturday and the final round on Sunday.

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