Hokies open strong at the Ridges
Weaver tied for second
October 12, 2007
JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. - Virginia Tech shot an opening round one-under-par 287 and are tied with Auburn for fourth place after the first round at the 15-team, Bank of Tennesee Intercollegiate at the Ridges on the 7,147-yard, par 72 Ridges Golf and Country Club in Jonesborough, Tenn. on Friday. Junior Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.), continued his strong play in the fall, as he shot a four-under-par 68 in the first round and is tied for second place. Ben Fuqua of Kentucky leads the event at 67, one stroke ahead of Weaver. Three Hokies, freshman Aaron Eckstein (Salem, Va.), along with seniors Jurrian van der Vaart (Almelo, Netherlands) and Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) each shot first round 73s and are tied for 32nd place. Freshman Marshall Bailey (Fincastle, Va.) shot 76 in the first round and is tied for 62nd place. Redshirt junior Will Oldham (Spartanburg, S.C.) is playing the event as an individual. He shot 74 in the first round and is tied for 44th place. Oldham score does not count towards the Hokies' total. Host East Tennessee State holds the first day lead, following a six-under-par 282 and lead Kentucky by one stroke. Wake Forest is in third place at 286, one stroke ahead of the Hokies and Tigers. Coastal Carolina and Kent State are tied for sixth at 288, North Carolina is eighth at 289, Tennessee is ninth at 290, and South Carolina is 10th at 291. UAB and NC State are tied for 11th at 294, Virginia and Maryland are tied for 13th at 297 and Vanderbilt is 15th at 301. The Ridges, which traditionally attracts one of the strongest fields of the fall season, boasts eight teams that competed in the 2007 NCAA Championships (ETSU, Wake Forest, UNC, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Tennessee, Auburn and Coastal Carolina), as well as three teams that won conference championships a year ago (Virginia Tech, ETSU and Coastal Carolina). Eight of the teams in the field are currently ranked in the top 50 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, led by number-two South Carolina. Six ACC teams are in this weekend's field. The three-day tournament will continue with 18 holes on Saturday and wind up with the final round on Sunday.