Hokies come up short at East Regional, finish 12th
Weaver tied for 23rd individually
May 19, 2007 ALPHARETTA, GA. - Virginia Tech staged a strong comeback, but came up short in their attempt to qualify for the NCAA Golf Championship. The Hokies shot a final round 292 and finished in 12th 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 Saturday afternoon. The Hokies registered a three-round total of 888 and finished at 24-over-par, four strokes behind Clemson and Coastal Carolina at 20-over-par. The Chanticleers defeated Clemson on the fourth playoff hole and earned the 10th seed from the East Regional. The Hokies entered play Friday afternoon in 18th place following an opening round 304 and improved to 13th place after the second round, four strokes out of 10th place. The top 10 teams advanced to the finals at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club's Gold Course in Williamsburg, Va., on May 30-June 2. Sophomore Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.) shot his second consecutive even-par 72 and finished with a three-round total of 220 and was 23rd individually. Billy Horschel of Florida and Brendon Todd of Georgia tied for medalist honors at six-under-par 210. Senior Ryan Sypniewski (Radford, Va.) and redshirt freshman Matt Boyd (Sugar Land, Tex.) each tied for 32nd place at 222. Junior Jurrian van der Vaart (Almelo, the Netherlands) tied for 66th at 226 and junior Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) tied for 112th at 235. Boyd's one-under-par 71 on Saturday was the Hokies' low round of the regional. Georgia won the regional title with a three-round total of nine-under-par 855, 12 strokes ahead of Florida, Auburn and Georgia Tech. Florida State was fifth at 873, Duke was sixth at 874, Charlotte was seventh at 875 and North Carolina was eighth at 877. Georgia State was ninth at 880, four strokes ahead of Clemson and Coastal Carolina and eight strokes ahead of the Hokies.