Hokies advance to third at Landfall
van der Vaart tied for fifth individually
October 27, 2007
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Virginia Tech posted a two-round total of 582 and moved up into third place on Saturday at the Landfall Tradition at the 7,084-yard, par 72 Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C. The Hokies fired a second-round, six-under-par 282 following Friday's round of 300. Tech's round of 282 is the best round by any team during the first two rounds. Senior Jurrian van der Vaart (Almelo, the Netherlands) shot a four-under-par 68 and climbed into a tie for fifth place. His total of 143 trails leader Nicholas Geyger of Tulsa, who has a two-round total of nine-under-par 135. Senior Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) is tied for 15th at 146 following Saturday's round of 70 and junior Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.) is tied for 22nd place at 148. Freshman Marshall Bailey (Fincastle, Va.) is tied for 30th at 150 and freshman Aaron Eckstein (Salem, Va.) is 58th at 162. The Hokies made 11 birdies in the final four holes during Saturday's second round to spur their strong move up the leaderboard. Four Hokies shot par-or-better, as well. Tulsa continues to lead the tournament, with a two-round total of 571, 10 strokes ahead of Ohio State and 11 strokes better than the Hokies. Georgia Southern is fourth at 583, Purdue is fifth at 585 and Iowa is sixth at 589. Host UNC Wilmington is seventh at 595, Virginia is eighth at 598, Xavier is ninth at 599 and Kansas is 10th at 603. VCU is 11th at 607 and William & Mary is 12th at 622. The final round will take place on Sunday. This is the Hokies final event of the fall season.