Hokies finish 10th in Puerto Rico
MacDonald, van der Vaart tie for 13th
March 2, 2008

RIO MAR, Puerto Rico - The Virginia Tech golf team shot a three-round total of 878 and finished in tenth place at the Puerto Rico Classic at the par 72, 6,902-yard River Course of the Rio Mar Country Club in Rio Mar, Puerto Rico on Sunday afternoon.

The Hokies entered the final round tied for ninth and shot a final round 291 on Sunday. It was Tech's low round of the tournament. The Hokies finished 10th at this tournament last season with an identical 878 and final round 291.

Jurrian van der Vaart (Sr., Almelo, the Netherlands) and Nick MacDonald (Sr., Harare, Zimbabwe), tied for 13th place at even-par 216. Van der Vaart shot two-under-par 70 in the final round, while MacDonald was at even-par 72 on Sunday. Matt Swan of Alabama shot a three-round total of 12-under-par 204, highlighted by a 67 on Sunday, to win the event by five strokes over Rickie Fowler of Oklahoma State, who shot a 65 on Sunday.

Aaron Eckstein (Fr., Salem, Va.) shot 223 and tied for 43rd place overall. Marshall Bailey (Fr., Fincastle, Va.) shot 224 and tied for 47th place, while Drew Weaver (Jr., High Point, N.C.) shot 227 to finish tied for 57th.

Second round leader Alabama, ranked second nationally, shot 280 on Sunday for a three-round total of 854, three strokes better than fourth-ranked Oklahoma State. Top-ranked Georgia was third, at 861 and Duke finished fourth at 863. East Tennessee State was fifth at 867, Michigan was sixth at 870 and Georgia Tech finished seventh at 871. Clemson finished eighth at 875 and North Carolina State was ninth at 876, two strokes ahead of the Hokies. Texas was 11th at 881, Northwestern was 12th at 884 and Kent State was 13th at 886. Minnesota finished 14th at 904 and host Purdue finished 15th at 911.

The Puerto Rico Classic featured a 15-team field that was one of the strongest in collegiate golf. Thirteen of the 15 competing schools were 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. The Hokies entered the spring season ranked 30th by Golfweek/Sagarin and 18th in the Golfstat.com NCAA head-to-head rankings.

The Hokies will next compete in the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate at the Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, S.C. on March 10-11.