Van der Vaart advances at NCAA Championship
Wins three-way play-off for final spot
May 31, 2008

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Virginia Tech golfer Jurrian van der Vaart won a three-way playoff for the final spot and has advanced to the final round 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 Saturday morning.

The third round had to be completed Saturday morning after a tornado warning caused a suspension in play on Friday afternoon. When the third round was completed, van der Vaart was in a three-way tie with Scott Langley of Illinois and Chadd Cocco of St. Mary's of California.

The sudden-victory playoff began on the 17th hole, where all three players parred, as they did on the 18th hole. The three players returned to the 17th hole and all three recorded pars on the 208-yard, par three. On the second time on the 18th hole, van der Vaart birdied the 484-yard, par four while his competitors parred and he advanced to the final round, claiming the sixth and final individual slot.

The tournament was cut to the top 15 teams and top six individuals not on advancing teams for Saturday's final round. The NCAA golf committee had to meet Friday night to determine how to complete the third round and Saturday's final round before darkness falls Saturday night.

Van der Vaart will tee off Saturday afternoon in the final round. He finished the third round tied for 24th place.