Virginia Tech eighth after day one of ACC Golf
Three Hokies shoot even-par 72 on Friday
April 18, 2008
NEW LONDON, N.C. - Virginia Tech shot an opening round one-over-par 289 and is in eighth place at the 2008 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Golf Championship at the par 72, 7,108-yard Old North State Golf Club at Uwharrie Point in New London, N.C. on Friday afternoon. Three Hokies, Jurrian van der Vaart (Sr., Almelo, the Netherlands), Nick MacDonald (Sr., Harare, Zimbabwe) and Marshall Bailey (Fr., Fincastle, Va.) each shot even-par 72 and are tied for 21st place. Matt Hill of NC State shot five-under-par 67 and leads the event by one stroke over Chase McFarland of North Carolina, Matt Savage of Florida State and Webb Simpson of Wake Forest. Aaron Eckstein (Fr., Salem, Va.) shot 73 and is tied for 27th and Drew Weaver (Jr., High Point, N.C.) shot 75 and is tied for 37th place. Duke and Florida State each shot nine-under-par 279 and are tied for the lead, three strokes ahead of North Carolina. NC State, Clemson and Wake Forest are tied for fourth at 284 and Georgia Tech is in seventh place at 287, two strokes ahead of the Hokies. Virginia is ninth at 294, Boston College is 10th at 303 and Maryland is 11th at 304. The tournament boasts a field including eight of the top 34 teams in the nation, as ranked by Golfstat.com. The second round will be played Saturday and the final round will take place on Sunday. Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech were co-champions in the 2007 ACC Men's Golf Championship.