BLACKSBURG, Va. -- The Virginia Tech golf team opens the 2008-09 season on Saturday at the Wolverine Intercollegiate at the par 71, 6,704-yard University of Michigan Golf Course in Ann Arbor, Mich. The event will feature 54 holes of competition, 36 holes on Saturday and 18 holes on Sunday.
The Hokies make their first-ever trip to the event, which boasts a field of 16 teams with a decided midwestern and western slant. Joining Tech in the field are the host Wolverines, along with Iowa State, Columbia, San Diego, California, Michigan State, Eastern Michigan, Toledo, Xavier, Colorado State, Missouri, Wisconsin, Gardner-Webb, UC Davis and Oakland (Mich.). The Hokies will be grouped on Saturday with Michigan and California, which won the 2004 NCAA Championship, hosted by the Hokies at the Homestead in Hot Springs, Va.
Virginia Tech’s line-up in the first event of the season is led by senior Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.). The 2007 British Amatuer champion played in four PGA Tour events this summer, highlighted by his appearance in the 2008 Masters Tournament. He also played in the AT&T National, presented by Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament and the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C. Weaver made his third consecutive, and fourth overall, appearance in the U.S. Amateur in August.
Joining Weaver is sophomore Garland Green (Tazewell, Va.) at the number-two spot. Green saw limited action for the Hokies last season, but scored par-or-better in three of his nine rounds. Redshirt senior Will Oldham (Spartanburg, S.C.) will play in the third position. Oldham enters the 2008-09 season 31st in career scoring average at Virginia Tech.
Sophomores Marshall Bailey (Fincastle, Va.) and Aaron Eckstein (Salem, Va.) round out the line-up for Tech. Both players were in the Hokies’ 2008 NCAA East Regional line-up in May and played in all 11 events last season. Bailey is sixth and Eckstein is 17th on Tech’s all-time scoring average list.
Scoring for the event will be available following each round on Golfstat.com. This is the first of four fall events for Tech, which next plays at the VCU Shootout at Hermitage on Sept. 29-30.
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