Hokies finish eighth at ACC Championship
Van der Vaart ties for eighth individually
April 20, 2008
NEW LONDON, N.C. - Virginia Tech posted a three-round total of even-par 864 and finished eighth 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 Sunday afternoon Jurrian van der Vaart (Sr., Almelo, the Netherlands) shot a three-round total of 211 and finished tied for eighth place. Webb Simpson of Wake Forest won medalist honors by shooting 14-under-par 202, after a final round 66. He defeated Chase McFarland of North Carolina by five strokes. Drew Weaver (Jr., High Point, N.C.) finished in 23rd place with a total of 215 and Nick MacDonald (Sr., Harare, Zimbabwe) finished tied for 29 at 218. Marshall Bailey (Fr., Fincastle, Va.) finished in 41st place at 222 and Aaron Eckstein (Fr., Salem, Va.) was 53rd at 237. Florida State shot a final round 280 and finished at 26-under-par 838 and won the championship by three strokes over Duke. North Carolina was third at 846, Georgia Tech was fourth at 847 and Wake Forest was fifth at 848. Clemson was sixth at 854 and North Carolina State was seventh at 858, six strokes ahead of the Hokies. Virginia finished ninth at 868, Boston College was 10th at 886 and Maryland was 11th at 906. The Hokies entered the final round in seventh place and shot a final round 294. The final round was delayed for two hours and 18 minutes due to inclement weather. The ACC boasts eight of the top 34 teams in the nation, as ranked by Golfstat.com. The Hokies are ranked 30th in the Golfstat.com poll. Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech were co-champions in the 2007 ACC Men's Golf Championship.