February 28, 2009
Hokies 15th entering final round at Puerto Rico Classic
Weaver improves to 22nd individually

RIO MAR, Puerto Rico – Virginia Tech shot a second round 285 on Saturday and is in 15th place with a two-round total of 597 at the Puerto Rico Classic at the par 72, 6,902-yard Rio Mar Country Club River Course in Rio Mar, Puerto Rico.

Senior Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.) once again led the Hokies, shooting a four-under-par 68. He improved from 56th to a tie for 22nd, individually, with an even-par 144. Day-one co-leader Dylan Fritelli of Texas shot a second round 64 and holds the individual lead at 131, six strokes ahead of Hudson Swafford of Georgia.

Sophomore Garland Green (Tazewell, Va.) shot 69 on Saturday and moved up to a tie for 50th at 149. Freshman Blake Redmond (Sugar Land, Tex.) and sophomore Marshall Bailey (Fincastle, Va.) each shot 74 and are tied for 66th at 152. Sophomore Aaron Eckstein (Salem, Va.) has a two-round total of 168 and is in 75th place.

Georgia has a two-day total of 553 and leads the event, seven strokes ahead of Clemson. NC State is third at 567, Oklahoma State is fourth at 568 and Georgia Tech is fifth at 572. Texas is sixth at 574, Florida is seventh at 577, Alabama is eighth at 579, and Michigan is ninth at 581. Kent State is 10th at 583 and East Tennessee State is 11th at 588. Host Purdue, along with Minnesota and Northwestern are tied for 12th at 591, six strokes ahead of the Hokies.

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 Hokies’ 2285 was the fifth-best round of the day. Tech shot a 312 in the opening round on Friday. The third round will begin with a shotgun start at 6:30 a.m. EST on Saturday morning.

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