Hokies win at the Ridges
Weaver ties for seventh individually
October 14, 2007
JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. - Virginia Tech recorded a three-round total of 12-under-par 852 and won 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., on Sunday afternoon. The Hokies shot a third-round three-under-par 285 and tied North Carolina at 852, but the Hokies claimed the title by tournament tie-breaker rules, which have the teams match non-counting scorecards on the final day. Tech's non-counting score was 73 and the Tar Heels' non-counting score was 74. Junior Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.), shot a three-day total of 211 and tied for seventh place. Chris Paisley of Tennessee claimed medalist honors with his total of 206, five strokes better than Weaver. Freshman Aaron Eckstein (Salem, Va.) shot 213 and tied for 13th place. Senior Jurrian van der Vaart (Almelo, Netherlands) shot 214 and finished in a tie for 18th place. Senior Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) shot the Hokies' best round of the day with a three-under-par 69 and finished and tied for 25th place at 216 and freshman Marshall Bailey (Fincastle, Va.) shot 221 and tied for 51st place. Redshirt junior Will Oldham (Spartanburg, S.C.) played the event as an individual and tied for 68th place at 224. Oldham score did not count towards the Hokies' total, or towards the tie-breaker. Tech and UNC both shot 852, two strokes ahead of host and first-round leader East Tennessee State and four strokes ahead of Kent State. Tennessee and Coastal Carolina tied for fifth place at 858, Second-round leader Wake Forest was seventh at 859 and Auburn and Maryland tied for eighth at 861 NC State was 10th at 865, Kentucky was 11th at 869, South Carolina was 12th at 871, UAB was 13th at 875, Virginia was 14th at 878 and Vanderbilt was 15th at 882. The Ridges, which annually attracts one of the strongest fields of the fall season, boasted 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 were in this weekend's field. This marks the Hokies' first tournament victory of the season and the first since Tech and Georgia Tech tied for the 2007 ACC Championship in April. Virginia Tech wraps up the fall portion of the 2007-08 schedule on Oct. 26-28 at the Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, N.C.