Hokies tie for ACC Golf Title
Sypniewski ties for third
April 22, 2007 NEW LONDON, N.C. -- The Virginia Tech golf team shot a final round nine-under-par 279 and tied Georgia Tech for 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 Sunday afternoon. The Hokies and the Yellow Jackets are declared co-champions of the event with their scores of 854. The 13th ranked Jackets will earn the ACC's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. The Hokies must wait for the announcement of at-large bids. The Hokies' 279 on Sunday tied with Florida State's Sunday round for the low round of the tournament. The NCAA field will be announced on May 8. "I was so proud of these guys before the tournament ever started, because of the focus that they showed in trying to prepare for this championship," said head coach Jay Hardwick. "This week certainly puts things in perspective and shows how insignificant winning actually is. But, we hope in some small way this will help to start the healing process for our Hokie family. "The show of support from my fellow coaches, the other teams in the ACC, the Atlantic Coast Conference office and the members and staff at Old North State made it possible for us to get through this week." First round co-leader senior Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.) shot a final-round five-under-par 67 and tied for third place at 210. Jonas Blixt of Florida State shot a final round 65 to claim medalist honors. Sophomore Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.) tied for 12th place at 216, following a final round 70 and junior Jurrian van der Vaart (Almelo, the Netherlands) tied for 15th at 217 after also shooting 70 on Sunday. Junior Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) tied for 19th at 218 and redshirt freshman Matt Boyd (Sugar Land, Texas) tied for 37th at 222. All four of the Hokies' counting scores on Sunday were par-or-better. The Hokies and Yellow Jackets shot 854 and defeated Clemson by four strokes. Florida State and Duke tied for fourth at 863 and North Carolina was sixth at 869. North Carolina State was seventh at 874, Wake Forest was eighth at 876 and Virginia was ninth at 879. Maryland was 10th at 910 and Boston College finished 11th at 913. This is the Hokies' first ACC Men's Golf Championship and the team's first conference title since winning three straight BIG EAST Conference championships from 2001-2003. This is the fifth conference in which Virginia Tech has won a conference golf championship.