Hokies finish strong at the Hootie
van der Vaart second individually
March 25, 2008
AWENDAW, S.C. - The Virginia Tech golf team shot a final round 276 and finished with a three-day total of 861 and finished tied with Lamar for fifth place at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate at the par 71, 7,261-yard Bulls Bay Golf Club in Awendaw, S.C. on Tuesday afternoon. The Hokies shot 290 on Sunday and 295 on Monday. Tech entered play on Tuesday tied for ninth place, but on the strength of the third-best round of the day, Tech moved up in the standings. Jurrian van der Vaart (Sr., Almelo, the Netherlands) shot a final round six-under-par 65 and finished in second place, at 206, two strokes behind medalist Matt Hill of NC State. Van der Vaart's 65 was the low round of the tournament. Aaron Eckstein (Fr., Salem, Va.) and Drew Weaver (Jr., High Point, N.C.) each finished with a three-round total of 217 and tied for 27th place. Both players shot identical three-under-par 68 in the final round. Nick MacDonald (Sr., Harare, Zimbabwe) tied for 59th at 225 and Marshall Bailey (Fr., Fincastle, Va.) tied for 67th place at 227. North Carolina State shot the tournament's low team round on Tuesday, a 13-under-par 271 and won the team title by 12 strokes with a total of 838 over Clemson and South Carolina. Florida was fourth at 851, 10 strokes ahead of the Hokies and Cardinals. Auburn was seventh at 865, UCF was eighth at 866, Kentucky was ninth at 868 and LSU was 10th at 874. Augusta State was 11th at 878 and Baylor and Wake Forest tied for 12th at 879. The College of Charleston was 14th at 882 and Duke finished 15th at 885. The Hokies will now have a short week, as they travel to Greenville, S.C. to defend their title at the Furman Intercollegiate, beginning on Friday, March 28.