March 1, 2009
Hokies finish 15th in Puerto Rico
Weaver records top 10 finish

RIO MAR, P.R. – Virginia Tech shot a final round 301 on Sunday and finished in 15th place with a three-round total of 898 at the Puerto Rico Classic. The tournament, hosted by Purdue, was played 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 six-under-par 66. He improved from 56th on Friday, to a tie for 22nd following Saturday's second round, to his final finish of a tie for 10th place, with an six-under-par 210. Dylan Fritelli of Texas and Hudson Swafford of Georgia tied for medalist honors at twelve-under-par 204, six strokes ahead of Weaver.

Sophomore Garland Green (Tazewell, Va.) shot a final round 75 to finish tied for 54th place at 224 and sophomore Marshall Bailey (Fincastle, Va.) finished in 68th, with a total of 231, after a final round 79. Freshman Blake Redmond (Sugar Land, Tex.) finished in a tie for 69th at 233 and sophomore Aaron Eckstein (Salem, Va.) finished in 74th place at 254.

Georgia took team honors with a three-round total of 826, 12 strokes ahead of Clemson. Oklahoma State finished third at 848, Texas was fourth at853 and Georgia Tech was fifth at 855. NC State finished sixth at 858, Florida was seventh at 859 and Alabama was eighth at 865. East Tennessee State and Michigan tied for ninth at 877, Kent State was 11th at 880 and Minnesota and Northwestern tied for 12th at 881. Host Purdue finished in 14th place at 884, 14 strokes ahead of the Hokies.

The field was 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 all played in the tournament. All 15 teams in the field are ranked inside Golfweek’s top 70

The Hokies return to action on March 15-17 at the Pinehurst Intercollegiate in Pinehurst, N.C. This was Virginia Tech's first event on the spring schedule.

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