Hokies 18th after first round at East Regional
Sypniewski tied for 35th individually
May 17, 2007 ALPHARETTA, GA. - Virginia Tech shot an opening round 304 and is in 18th place at the 2007 NCAA Men's Golf East Regional at the 7,017 yard, par 72 Lakeside Course of the Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta, Ga., on Thursday. The Hokies, along with Old Dominion and Penn State, were the first teams off the first tee in the morning. Virginia Tech will remain grouped with the Monarchs and Nittany Lions in the second round on Friday afternoon. Senior Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.) shot a two-over-par 74 and is tied for 35th place individually. Cameron Tringale of Georgia Tech leads the event after a first round five-under-par 67. Tringale leads teammate Chesson Hadley by one stroke. Sophomore Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.) is tied for 68th at 76 and junior Jurrian van der Vaart (Almelo, the Netherlands) and redshirt freshman Matt Boyd (Sugar Land, Tex.) each shot 77 and are tied for 79th place. Junior Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) shot 84 and is tied for 133rd. Host Georgia Tech leads the event after a first round four-under-par 284. Georgia is second at 286, Duke is third at 288, Georgia State is fourth at 289 and Florida is fifth at 290. Auburn and Clemson are tied for sixth at 293, Maryland is eighth at 295, Charlotte is ninth at 296 and Penn State is 10th at 297. The Hokies will return to action Friday afternoon for round two. The final round will be played Saturday. The top 10 teams will advance to the finals at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club's Gold Course in Williamsburg, Va., on May 30-June 2.