BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech golf teams travels to the Richmond area to compete in the VCU Shootout at the Hermitage Country Club in Manakin-Sabot, Va. on Monday and Tuesday. The event will be played on the par 71, 6,955-yard Manakin Course at Hermitage.
The Hokies will be led by senior Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.). The 2007 British Amateur 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. He finished tied for sixth at the Wolverine Intercollegiate last week, Tech's first tournament of the season.
Sophomores Marshall Bailey (Fincastle, Va.) and Aaron Eckstein (Salem, Va.) will play the two and three spots 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 was tied for 22nd at the Wolverine Intercollegiate and Eckstein finished tied for 40th at the Michigan tournament.
Rounding out the line-up for Tech is sophomore Garland Green (Tazewell, Va.) at the number-four spot and redshirt junior Matt Boyd (Sugar Land. Tex.) at the number-five spot. Green tied for 48th last week and Boyd is making his first appearance of the season.
Redshirt senior Will Oldham (Spartanburg, S.C.) and freshman Blake Redmond (Sugar Land, Tex.) will play in the event as individuals. Oldham was in the Hokies' line-up last week at Michigan, finishing in a tie for 73rd position. Redmond will be making his collegiate debut in the tournament.
The tournament will feature at field of 15 teams. Along with the Hokies, host VCU, Wake Forest, East Carolina, Maryland, Richmond, Old Dominion, Wichita State, UNC Wilmington, Augusta State, South Florida, Penn State, Iowa, SE Louisiana and Virginia, will compete in the two-day, 54-hole event. Wake Forest is the highest-ranked team in the event, currently ranked 15th by Golfstat.com. Four other teams in the tournament are ranked in the top 50, including the Hokies at number 41. Tech is ranked 54th in the Golfweek/Sagarin standings.
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