Hokies tied for ninth at the Hootie
van der Vaart tied for fifth individually
March 24, 2008

Leaderboard Hootie at Bulls Bay
Awendaw, S.C. - The Virginia Tech golf team has a two-round total of 585 and is tied with LSU for ninth place at the Hootie at Bulls Bay at the par 71, 7,261-yard Bulls Bay Golf Club in Awendaw, S.C. on Monday afternoon.

The Hokies shot 295 on Monday after shooting 290 in the opening round on Sunday. Tech and LSU shot identical scores in each of the first two rounds to remain tied heading into Tuesday's final round.

Jurrian van der Vaart (Sr., Almelo, the Netherlands) even-par 71 on Monday and is tied for fifth place individually at 141. Matt Hill of NC State shot a four-under-par 71 in the second round for a total of 138 and leads Webb Simpson of Wake Forest by one stroke entering play on Tuesday.

Nick MacDonald (Sr., Harare, Zimbabwe) is tied for 30th at 146 and Aaron Eckstein (Fr., Salem, Va.) and Drew Weaver (Jr., High Point, N.C.) are tied for 50th at 149. Marshall Bailey (Fr., Fincastle, Va.) is tied for 63rd place at 152.

Opening round leader South Carolina remains in first place after posting a two-round total of two-under-par 566 and leads second place NC State by one stroke. Clemson is third at 569, Florida is fourth at 570 and Auburn is fifth at 579. Lamar is sixth at 580 and Augusta State and UCF are tied for seventh at 582, three strokes ahead of the Hokies and Tigers. Wake Forest is 11th at 588, the College of Charleston is 12th at 591, Kentucky is 13th at 593, Duke is 14th at 595 and Baylor is 15th at 597.

The Hootie at Bulls Bay features a 15-team field that boasts 11 teams ranked in the top 50 nationally, as ranked by Golfstat.com. The Hokies enter the event ranked 31st nationally by Golfstat.com and 33rd by Sagarin/Golfweek.

The second round will be played on Monday 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.