Hokies fifth after first round at ACC Championship
Sypniewski tied for the lead
April 20, 2007 NEW LONDON, N.C. -- The Virginia Tech golf team shot an opening round 289 and is in fifth place at the 2007 ACC Men's Golf Championship at the 7,102 yard, par 72, Old North State Club at Uwharrie Point in New London, N.C. on Friday afternoon. Senior Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.) shot a first round four-under-par 68 and is tied with Kyle Stanley of Clemson and Martin Ureta of North Carolina for the individual lead in the event. Junior Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) is tied for seventh at one-under-par 71 and junior Jurrian van der Vaart (Almelo, the Netherlands) and sophomore Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.) each shot opening round 75 and are tied for 33rd. Redshirt freshman Matt Boyd (Sugar Land, Texas) is tied for 42nd at 77. Clemson shot an opening round three-under-par 285 and leads the event by one stroke over Duke. 2006 co-champions Georgia Tech and North Carolina are tied at 287, two strokes ahead of the Hokies. Virginia and Wake Forest are tied for sixth at 293, North Carolina State is eighth at 297 and Florida State is ninth at 298. Maryland is 10th at 300 and Boston College is 11th at 310. The second round of the 11-team tournament will be played Saturday and the final round will tee off on Sunday morning. Seven ACC teams, including Virginia Tech at 49th, are ranked among the top 50 nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin poll, headed by Clemson at number-11. The winner of the tournament will receive an automatic berth in the NCAA regionals.