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February 27, 2009
Hokies 15th after first round in Puerto Rico
Weaver registers opening round 76

RIO MAR, Puerto Rico – Virginia Tech shot an opening round 312 on Friday and is in 15th place at the Puerto Rico Classic at the par 72, 6,902-yard Rio Mar Country Club River Course in Rio Mar, Puerto Rico.

Georgia Tech shot eight-under-par as a team and is one stroke ahead of second-place NC State after the first round. The Wolfpack’s Darren Blair and Texas’ Dylan Fritelli each shot opening-round five-under-par 67 to share the top spot individually.

Senior Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.) led the Hokies, shooting a four-over-par 76. He is tied for 56th individually

Freshman Blake Redmond (Sugar Land, Tex.) and sophomore Marshall Bailey (Fincastle, Va.) each shot 78 and are tied for 67th. Sophomore Garland Green (Tazewell, Va.) shot 80 and is tied for 71st and sophomore Aaron Eckstein (Salem, Va.) shot 83 and is in 74th place.

The field is highlighted by four of the top five teams in the nation according to Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Georgia, ranked second; Oklahoma State, ranked third; Alabama ranked fourth; and Florida ranked fifth will all take part in the tournament. All 15 teams participating are ranked inside Golfweek’s top 70.

The second round will begin with a shotgun start at 7 a.m. EST on Saturday morning.

Team Results

1) Georgia Tech - 280 (-8)

2) N.C. State - 281 (-7)

3) Georgia - 283 (-5)

4) Clemson - 285 (-3)

5) Oklahoma St. - 286 (-2)

6) Michigan - 287 (-1)

7) Florida - 288 (E)

Alabama - 288 (E)

9) Purdue - 292 (+4)

10) Northwestern - 294 (+6)

Texas - 294 (+6)

12) Kent State - 295 (+7)

13) Minnesota - 296 (+8)

14) East Tennessee St. - 297 (+9)

15) Virginia Tech - 312 (+24)

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