Van der Vaart earns all-region recognition
Senior first Hokie since 2003 to earn honor
May 28, 2008

NORMAN, Okla. - Virginia Tech golfer Jurrian van der Vaart has been selected to the Division I PING All-South Region team, presented by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

A senior from Almelo, the Netherlands, van der Vaart earned All-ACC honors this season in leading the Hokies to an at-large bid into the NCAA Regionals. The Hokies finished 16th in the East Regional in Chattanooga, Tenn., on May 15-17, but van der Vaart advanced to the NCAA Championships, currently being played at the Kampen Course of the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex in West Lafayette, Ind. Van der Vaart advanced by being one of the two lowest scorers among non-advancing teams. He tied for sixth in the regional.

PING All-Region teams consist of the top 15 individuals in their region in the Individual Ranking System. Additionally, any player ranked in the top 75 according to Golfstat or the Sagarin rankings not included in their region's top 15 are added to their All-Region team. Members of the PING All-Region teams are eligible for PING All-America honors. Van der Vaart is currently ranked 44th by and 45th by Golfweek/Sagarin.

Van der Vaart led the Hokies in scoring average and final round scoring average and is currently second in career scoring at Virginia Tech. An outstanding student, as well, he was recently selected as the Virginia Tech ACC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.