Golfers fifth after first day at VCU Shootout
Eckstein tied for fifth individually
October 1, 2007
MANAKIN-SABOT, Va. - Virginia Tech shot a two-round total of 573 on Monday and is in fifth place at the VCU Shootout at the 6,955-yard, par-72 Manakin Course at the Hermitage Country Club in Manakin-Sabot, Va. Hokie freshman Aaron Eckstein (Salem, Va.) shot two-under-par 70 in each of the first two rounds and is tied for fifth place overall. Eckstein is playing the event as an individual and his score does not count towards the Hokies' total. Kevin Foley of Penn State leads the event with a two-round total of 133, seven strokes ahead of Eckstein. Junior Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.) is the top counter for the Hokies, with a two-round total of three-over-par 143 and is tied for 18th place. Senior Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) is tied for 25th at 145. Senior Jurrian van der Vaart (Almelo, the Netherlands) and freshman Marshall Bailey (Fincastle, Va.) each shot 146 and are tied for 34th and freshman Garland Green (Tazewell, Va.) shot 147 and is tied for 42nd place. Wisconsin and Penn State shot two-round totals of 562, four strokes ahead of Chattanooga. North Carolina is fourth at 568, five strokes ahead of the Hokies. Host VCU is sixth at 574, Wake Forest is seventh at 575 and Southeastern Louisiana and Wichita State are tied for eighth at 577. Old Dominion is 10th at 579, Maryland is 11th at 583, Iowa State is 12th at 587, UNC Wilmington is 13th at 590, South Florida is 14th at 592 and Liberty is 15th at 601. The Hokies' shot a two-over-par 290 in the morning round and followed that with a seven-under-par 283 in the afternoon round. The tournament's final round will be played Tuesday morning. The Hokies will play at the Duke Golf Classic beginning Sunday.