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    Van der Vaart improves to 27th at NCAA Championship
    Play suspended due to weather
    May 30, 2008

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    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Virginia Tech golfer Jurrian van der Vaart shot a third round one-over-par 73 and has a three-round total of nine-over-par 225 and is currently tied for 27th 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.

    Play was stopped at 4:15 p.m. Friday due to severe thunderstorms and resumed again at 4:55 p.m. The official suspension came at 5:55 p.m. when teams were alerted to clear the course and evacuate to Mackey Arena due to the potential for a tornado warning. The golfers were allowed to leave the arena at approximately 7:50 p.m. after a brief coaches meeting that followed the expiration of the tornado warning.

    Van der Vaart, a senior from Almelo, the Netherlands, improved from his opening round 77 and second round 75. The tournament will be cut to the top 15 teams and top six individuals not on advancing teams. The NCAA golf committee met Friday night to determine how to complete the third round and Saturday's final round before darkness falls Saturday night.

    The updated championship format begins Saturday with the conclusion of the third round starting at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start. All ties will be broken immediately following the completion of the third round using the non-sudden death tiebreaking procedures and the top 15 teams will advance to the fourth round. The final round will begin with tee times starting at 11 a.m.

    Day-one leader Kevin Chappell of UCLA rebounded to take the lead with a three round total of six-under-par 210, four strokes ahead of Clemson's Kyle Stanley and Washington's Nick Taylor. Chappell shot a four-under-par 68 on Friday, the low round of the completed Friday rounds.

    First round co-leader UCLA moved back into the lead at the suspension of play, shooting 10-over-par 298 for a 54-hole total of 888, three strokes ahead of Southern California and second round leader Clemson. Stanford is fourth at 893 and Oklahoma State is fifth at 895. The top nine teams as of the suspension of play had completed their third rounds. Only half of the field's 30 teams and six individual players had completed their rounds on Friday.

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