Golfers win at Landfall
    Hokies finish Fall 2007 with consecutive victories
    October 29, 2007

    Final Results Landfall Tradition
     
    WILMINGTON, N.C. - Virginia Tech posted a three-round total of 872 and claimed the victory at the Landfall Tradition at the 7,084-yard, par 72 Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C. on Sunday afternoon.

    The Hokies tied Tulsa at 872, but earned 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 75 and the Golden Hurricane's non-counting score was 78. This marks the second consecutive tournament the Hokies have won by a tie-breaker. Tech won the Intercollegiate at the Ridges earlier this month over North Carolina by the same tie-breaking method.

    The Hokies shot a 290 on Sunday, after firing a second-round, six-under-par 282 on Saturday to overcome Friday's round of 300. Tech's round of 282 on Saturday was the best round by any team during the tournament.

    Senior Nick MacDonald (Harare, Zimbabwe) led the Hokies with a three-round total of 217 and finished tied for eighth place. Nicholas Geyger of Tulsa led the tournament from start to finish and claimed medalist honors with a total of 207, 10 strokes ahead of MacDonald.

    Senior Jurrian van der Vaart (Almelo, the Netherlands) finished 10th at 218 and junior Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.) tied for 17th place at 222. Freshman Marshall Bailey (Fincastle, Va.) tied for 20th at 223 and freshman Aaron Eckstein (Salem, Va.) finished 53rd at 228.

    The Hokies made seven birdies and an eagle in the final four holes during Sunday's third round to help earn the win. The Hokies made four birdies and an eagle on the par-five eighth hole (the Hokies began the day on the 10th hole) and five pars on the 472-yard, par-four ninth hole that played into high winds and across water. MacDonald's one-under par 71 was tied for the fourth-best round of the Sunday, which was plagued by high winds and low temperatures.

    Tulsa had led following both of the first two rounds. Tech and Tulsa finished at 872, three strokes better than Ohio State and Iowa. Georgia Southern was fifth at 889, Purdue was sixth at 896 and Xavier was seventh at 902. Kansas and Virginia tied at 903, host UNC Wilmington was 10th at 905, VCU was 11th at 908 and William & Mary was 12th at 935.

    This was the Hokies' final event of the fall season. Tech will return to action in the spring at the Puerto Rico Invitational Feb. 29-March 2.

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