Van der Vaart tied for 53rd after first round of NCAA Championship
Senior shoots opening-round 77
May 28, 2008
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Virginia Tech golfer Jurrian van der Vaart shot an opening round five-over-par 77 and is tied for 53rd place at the NCAA Men's Golf Championship at the 7,450-yard, par 72 Kampen Course of the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., on Wednesday afternoon.

Van der Vaart, a senior from Almelo, the Netherlands, made the turn at five-over-par during high winds in the early morning, but played the second nine in even-par, as the winds died down. He began his round on the tenth tee at 8:55 a.m., on Wednesday.

Kevin Chappell of UCLA shot a three-under-par 69 in the first round to take a one stroke lead over David Markle of Kent State and Tim Sluiter of Southern California. Only six players recorded scores of par-or-better in the first round, including just three players under par.

UCLA and Southern California are tied for the team lead, as each team shot nine-over-par 297, one stroke better than third place Oklahoma State. Clemson and Kent State are tied for fourth at 301.

Van der Vaart will tee off on the first tee at 2:05 p.m., on Thursday afternoon. The top 15 teams and top six individuals of non-advancing teams following Friday's third round will advance to Saturday's final round.