Two Hokies competing in the U.S. Amateur
Weaver, Bailey begin play Monday
August 20, 2007

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech golfers Drew Weaver and Marshall Bailey tee off Mon., Aug. 20, at the 2007 U.S. Amateur Golf Championship at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif. The Amateur will be played on the 6,948-yard, par 70 Lakeside Course. The 6,786-yard, par 70 Ocean Course will also be used during stroke play.

Weaver, a junior from High Point, N.C., tees off at 12:25 p.m. PDT on Monday from the 10th hole of the Ocean Course. Weaver qualified for the event by winning the 2007 British Amateur Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in June. Weaver advanced out of stroke play last year before falling in the first round of match play at Hazeltine.

Bailey, a freshman from Fincastle, Va., tees off at 9 a.m. PDT on Monday from the first hole of the Lakeside Course. Bailey qualified for the Amateur by winning medalist honors at U.S. Amateur Championship 36-hole sectional qualifying at Hermitage Country Club's Manakin Course near Richmond earlier this month. Bailey has yet to play his first match for the Hokies.

Following two days of stroke play, the field of 312 golfers will be cut to 64 players, who will then proceed to match play. A total of 7,398 players entered into local qualifying for this event.

This will be Weaver's second appearance in a major amateur event at the Olympic Club. Weaver finished 17th at the 2004 U.S. Junior Amateur, played at the Olympic Club. This is Weaver's third appearance in a U.S. Amateur. He qualified for the 2003 U.S. Amateur at Oakmont as a 16 year old.

The Olympic Club has hosted eight previous USGA championship events, including two previous U.S. Amateurs. The last time the Amateur was played at the Olympic Club was in 1981. The Olympic Club will host the U.S. Open in 2012.