Golfers open spring slate in Puerto Rico
Hokies completed fall season on two-match winning streak
February 27, 2008
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech golf team will look to build upon their outstanding fall season, as they open the Spring 2008 schedule on Friday, Feb. 29 at the Puerto Rico Classic at the Rio Mar Country Club in Rio Mar, Puerto Rico. The 54-hole tournament will be played Feb. 29, March 1-2. The Hokies finished the Fall 2007 portion of their schedule by winning the final two tournaments, the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at the Ridges and the Landfall Tradition. The Hokies will field a line-up of 2007 British Amateur champion Drew Weaver (Jr., High Point, N.C.), Nick MacDonald (Sr., Harare, Zimbabwe), Jurrian van der Vaart (Sr., Almelo, the Netherlands), Aaron Eckstein (Fr., Salem, Va.) and Marshall Bailey (Fr., Fincastle, Va.). Weaver is ranked 90th nationally by Golfweek/Sagarin and 63rd by Golfstat.com. The Puerto Rico Classic features a 15-team field that is one of the strongest in collegiate golf. Thirteen of the 15 competing schools are ranked in the top 50, including eight in the top 30, four in the top 10 and three of the top four ranked teams in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Top-ranked Georgia and number-two Alabama headline the tournament. The Hokies enter the spring season ranked 30th by Golfweek/Sagarin and 18th in the Golfstat.com NCAA head-to-head rankings. Other teams competing are Clemson, Duke, East Tennessee State, Georgia Tech, Kent State, Michigan, Minnesota, NC State, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Texas and host Purdue. Teams competing in the event have won six NCAA championships since 1999. The 6,945-yard, par 72 River Course at the Rio Mar Golf Club at the Westin Rio Mar Beach Resort is a Greg Norman design. The course, which opened in 1997, has hosted a number of top-level international events. The tournament will feature 18 holes of golf on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Hokies finished 10th out of 18 teams last season in the event. Following the Puerto Rico Classic, the Hokies will next compete in the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate at the Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, S.C. on March 10-11.