Hokies win at Furman
van der Vaart ties for ninth
March 25, 2007

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Virginia Tech fired a final round 290 and won the Furman Intercollegiate at the par-72, 6,825-yard Furman University Golf Club on Sunday afternoon with a three-round total of 873.

The Hokies are victorious in the tournament for the fourth time in the 38-year history of the event and the first time since 2003, when the Hokies became the first team ever to win the event three consecutive years. The Hokies' final round 290 was tied for the low round of Sunday.

Junior Jurrian van der Vaart (Almelo, the Netherlands) shot a final-round one-under-par 71 and tied for seventh place overall. Jason Judy of Elon won medalist honors, with a three-round total of 211, six strokes better than van der Vaart, who shot 217.

Senior Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.) tied for 12th at 218 and junior Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) tied for 15th at 219. Redshirt freshman Matt Boyd (Sugar Land, Texas) tied for 50th at 225 and sophomore Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.) tied for 69th overall at 228. For the second consecutive day, MacDonald had the Hokies' low score of the day with a two-under-par 70.

Three Hokies played the event as individuals. Junior Chad Fultz (Staunton, Va.) tied for 23rd at 211 after a final round 72. Redshirt sophomore Will Oldham (Spartanburg, S.C.) tied for 84th at 232 and junior Carl Wakely (Cardiff, Wales) tied for 95th at 234.

The Hokies won the event by four strokes over runner-up Elon, which finished with a three-day total of 877. Jacksonville and Marshall tied for third at 882, ODU and day-two leader East Carolina tied for fifth at 884 and Charleston Southern finished seventh at 885. Host Furman was eighth at 886, UNC Greensboro, Rhode Island and Wofford tied for ninth at 888 and Francis Marion finished 12th at 890. UNC Wilmington was 13th at 891, Winthrop was 14th at 895 and Maryland was 15th at 897. Iowa was 16th at 898, Samford was 17th at 900, Appalachian State and Davidson tied for 18th at 908 and Western Carolina was 20th at 920.

The Hokies return to action on March 30-April 1, as they will compete in the Adminstaff/Augusta State Invitational at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Evans, Ga.