Van der Vaart named All-ACC
First Hokie golfer to earn All-ACC honors
May 5, 2008

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Virginia Tech golfer Jurrian van der Vaart has been named to the 2008 All-Atlantic Coast Conference men's golf team, as selected by the league's head coaches.

A senior from Almelo, the Netherlands, van der Vaart leads the Hokies with a 71.82 stroke average this season. He also leads the team with 71.70 stroke average in final rounds of tournaments and he has scored par or better in 15 of his 29 rounds this season, also a team-high. He currently is second in career scoring average at Virginia Tech, at 73.56.

"I am extremely proud of Jurrian and his accomplishments this season," head coach Jay Hardwick said. "He is a great senior leader and has had a tremendous year, both on the course and in the classroom. This is a well-deserved honor and is indicative of Jurrian's hard work and dedication."

Van der Vaart becomes the first Hokie ever to be named All-ACC in golf. He tied for eighth in the 2008 ACC Men's Golf Championship and finished second in back-to-back tournaments, the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate and the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate in March. He has been the Hokies' low scorer in three of the six Spring 2008 torunaments.

Now in his third season at Virginia Tech following his transfer from Minnesota, van der Vaart is also one of the top student-athletes at Virginia Tech. He is a two-time member of the All-ACC Academic men's golf team and the ACC Academic Honor Roll. He was recently named the male recepient of the Virginia Tech's ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year Award.

Van der Vaart is one of 12 members of the team. Webb Simpson on Wake Forest was named the ACC Player of the Year, Kevin O'Connell of North Carolina was named the ACC Freshman of the Year and Trey Jones of Florida State was named the ACC Coach of the Year.