Hokies tied 8th after day one at Hootie
MacDonald, van der Vaart tied for seventh individually
March 23, 2008

Awendaw, S.C. - The Virginia Tech golf team shot an opening round 290 on Sunday afternoon and is tied with LSU for eighth place at the Hootie at Bulls Bay at the par 71, 7,261-yard Bulls Bay Golf Club in Awendaw, S.C.

Jurrian van der Vaart (Sr., Almelo, the Netherlands) and Nick MacDonald (Sr., Harare, Zimbabwe) each shot an opening round one-under-par 70 and are tied for seventh place individually. Justin Harding of Lamar shot a four-under 67 to take the individual lead after Sunday, by one stroke over Keith Guest of Augusta State and Webb Simpson of Wake Forest.

Aaron Eckstein (Fr., Salem, Va.) shot 74 and is tied for 43rd place. Drew Weaver (Jr., High Point, N.C.) and Marshall Bailey (Fr., Fincastle, Va.) each shot 76 and are tied for 59th place.

South Carolina shot an opening round four-under-par 280 and is four strokes ahead of second place Augusta State. Florida and Clemson are tied for third at 285, one stroke ahead of Lamar and Auburn. NC State is in seventh place at 288, two strokes ahead of the Hokies and Tigers. Three teams, College of Charleston, Wake Forest and UCF, are tied for 10th at 291, Duke is 13th at 294, Kentucky is 14th at 296 and Baylor is 15th at 306.

The Hootie at Bulls Bay features a 15-team field that is one boasts11 teams in the top 50, nationally, as ranked by Golfstat.com. The Hokies enter the event 31st nationally.

The second round will be played on Mondat and the final round will be held on Tuesday. Following the Hootie at Bulls Bay, the Hokies will have a short week, as they travel to Greenville, S.C. to defend their title at the Furman Intercollegiate, beginning on Friday, March 28.