August 17, 2008
Weaver to tee off at U.S. Amateur
Hokie golfer makes fourth appearance in national amateur championship

PINEHURST, N.C. - Virginia Tech golfer Drew Weaver will tee off in the 2008 U.S. Amateur Championship at the 7,281-yard, par 70 No.2 Course at the Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in Pinehurst, N.C., on Monday morning. The 7,030-yard, par 70 No. 4 Course will also be used during stroke play.

Weaver, a rising senior from High Point, N.C., will tee off at 7:50 a.m.. from the 10th tee of the No. 2 Course in a grouping with Dan Woltman of Beaver Dam, Wisc., and J.C. Horne of Daytona Beach, Fla. The group will tee off at 1:05 p.m., in Tuesday afternoon's second round from the first tee on the No. 4 Course.

This will be Weaver's third consecutive appearance in the U.S. Amateur and his fourth overall appearance in the championship. He has advanced out of stroke play into match play in each of the past two years, before falling in his first match each year. He qualified for the event by winning the 2007 British Amateur Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, which carries a four-year exemption into the U.S. Amateur. Weaver is one of 28 players exempt in this year's championship.

Following two days of stroke play, the field of 315 golfers will be cut to 64 players, who will then proceed to match play. All matches are 18 holes, except for the 36-hole final. A total of 7,298 players entered into local qualifying for this event.

Donald Ross designed the No. 2 course, which opened in 1907. More recently, Rees Jones did renovations to the course prior to the 1999 U.S. Open. Ross also designed the No. 4 Course, which opened in 1919. Its most recent makeover was directed by Tom Fazio in 1999. This is the second time the U.S. Amateur will be played at Pinehurst and the ninth USGA championship overall at the resort. The No. 2 Course hosted the 1999 and 2005 U.S. Opens and will also host the 2014 U.S. Open.

Weaver played in the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., on August 14 and 15. He shot a one-under-par 69 in each of the rounds, but did not make the cut in the PGA Tour event.

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