Van der Vaart named third team All-American
First Hokie golfer since 2003 to earn All-American honors
June 6, 2008

NORMAN, Okla. -- Virginia Tech golfer Jurrian van der Vaart has been named to the PING All-America third team, as selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Earlier this summer, he was named to the association's All-South Region team.

He becomes the first Hokie since Brendon de Jonge in 2003 to earn All-America honors. De Jonge was a second-team GCAA selection in 2003 and 2002.

"This is a great honor, not only for Jurrian, but for his family, the university and our golf program," Head Coach Jay Hardwick said. "It is very appropriate that the second all-time leading scorer in the history of Virginia Tech golf would end his career by being named the all-american team."

Van der Vaart, a senior from Almelo, the Netherlands, tied for ninth place at the recent 2008 NCAA Men's Golf Championship in West Lafayette, Ind. He tied for sixth in the 2008 NCAA East Regional in Chattanooga to become one of two individuals from Chattanooga to advance to the finals.

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