Hokies finish eighth at Augusta State
Weaver, van der Vaart tied for 10th individually
April 6, 2008
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Virginia Tech shot a total of 579 and finished in eighth place at the rain-shortened Administaff/Augusta State Invitational at the par-72, 7,403-yard Champions Retreat Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., on Sunday afternoon. The Hokies shot a final round four-under-par 284 on Sunday to complete their second round halted by rain on Saturday afternoon. The 54-hole tournament was shortened to 36 holes following the inclement weather that blew through the area on Saturday. Drew Weaver (Jr., High Point, N.C.) and Jurrian van der Vaart (Sr., Almelo, the Netherlands) each finished with a total of 142, following identical four-under-par 68s on Sunday and tied for 10th place. Lucas Lee of UCLA won medalist honors with 69-65=134, defeating Gareth Shaw of East Tennessee State by two strokes. Marshall Bailey (Fr., Fincastle, Va.) and Nick MacDonald (Sr., Harare, Zimbabwe) each shot 148 and tied for 52nd. Aaron Eckstein (Fr., Salem, Va.) shot 159 and tied for 59th place. UCLA shot a sizzling 20-under-par 268 on Sunday and finished with a total of 552 and defeated Georgia by 16 strokes. East Tennessee State was third at 559, South Carolina was fourth at 573 and North Carolina finished fifth at 575. Lamar was sixth at 577 and Clemson was seventh at 578, one stroke ahead of the Hokies. Georgia Tech was ninth at 580, Tennessee was 10th at 581, NC State was 11th at 584 and host Augusta State and Georgia State tied for 12th at 586. Minnesota was 14th at 590, Coastal Carolina was 15th at 591, USC-Aiken was 16th at 593, Georgia Southern was 17th at 595 and Houston was 18th at 598. Although the Hokies do not play again until the Atlantic Coast Conference Golf Championship April 18-20 in Baden Lake, N.C., the team will take part in a special activity on Monday. Competing teams at the Augusta State tournament are afforded the opportunity to watch Monday's practice round at the Masters. Hokie golfer Drew Weaver will compete in the Masters this season as a result of an exemption earned by winning the 2007 British Amateur Championship in June.