Hokies improve to third at the Ridges
Weaver fourth individually
October 13, 2007
JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. - Virginia Tech recorded a two-round total of nine-under-par 567 and improved to third place after the second round at the 15-team, Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at the Ridges on the 7,147-yard, par 72 Ridges Golf and Country Club in Jonesborough, Tenn.. The Hokies shot a second-round 280 on Saturday. Junior Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.), shot his eighth consecutive round of par-or-better, as he shot a two-under-par 70 and is in fourth place with a total of 138. Chris Paisley of Tennessee shot a tournament-best 64 on Saturday and leads the tournament with a total of 134, four strokes ahead of Weaver. Freshman Aaron Eckstein (Salem, Va.) shot a personal collegiate-best 67 and is tied for seventh place at four-under-par 140. Senior Jurrian van der Vaart (Almelo, Netherlands) was the third Hokie to record a sub-par round on Saturday, as he shot a two-under-par 70 and his two-round total of 143 is good for a tie for 21st place. Senior Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) is tied for 45th place at 147 and freshman Marshall Bailey (Fincastle, Va.) is at 149 and is tied for 62nd place. Redshirt junior Will Oldham (Spartanburg, S.C.) is playing the event as an individual and also is tied for 62nd place at 149. Oldham score does not count towards the Hokies' total. Wake Forest shot a 278 and passed host East Tennessee State into the lead. The Demon Deacons are at 564, one stroke better than the Buccaneers and three strokes ahead of the Hokies. Tennessee and Kent State are tied for fourth at 568, North Carolina is sixth at 569 and Coastal Carolina is seventh at 571. Auburn and South Carolina are tied for eighth at 575 and Kentucky is 10th at 576. UAB and NC State are tied for 11th at 579, Virginia and Maryland are tied for 13th at 585 and Vanderbilt is 15th at 595. 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). Eight 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 conclude with 18 holes on Sunday.