March 28, 2009
Hokies second entering final round at Furman
Tournament shortened to two rounds due to rain

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Virginia Tech finished its first round on Saturday afternoon, shooting a nine-over-par 297 and is in second place at the 40th Annual Furman Intercollegiate at the par-72, 6,994-yard Furman University Golf Course.

The tournament, originally scheduled for 54 holes, has been shortened to 36 holes after heavy rains continued to soak the course throughout Saturday and forced the cancellation of the scheduled second round. The final round is now set to take place on Sunday beginning at 8 a.m.

Senior Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.) leads the Hokies, as he shot a one-under-par 71 and is in a four-way tie for second place. He trails Daniel Bowden of Furman by two strokes.

Sophomore Garland Green (Tazewell, Va.) is tied for 10th place at 74 and sophomore Marshall Bailey (Fincastle, Va.) is tied for 19th place at 75. Redshirt senior Will Oldham (Spartanburg, S.C.) is tied for 33rd place at 77 and freshman Blake Redmond (Sugar Land, Texas) is tied for 95th place, after shooting an 82.

Two Hokies are playing in the event as individuals. Redshirt junior Matt Boyd (Sugar Land, Texas) is also tied for 95th place with an 82 and sophomore Aaron Eckstein (Salem, Va.) is in 114th place after shooting 88 in the first round.

North Florida, which finished its first round on Friday, leads the tournament at 296, one stroke ahead of the Hokies. East Carolina is third at 298, host Furman is fourth at 301 and Troy and Wofford are tied for fifth at 302. Western Carolina and Appalachian State are tied for seventh at 303, Old Dominion is ninth at 306 and Rhode Island is 10th at 307. Nineteen schools are entered in the tournament.

After two straight days of heavy rains on the Furman Golf Course, Sunday’s forecast calls for sunshine, windy conditions and temperatures in the mid 50’s. North Florida, East Carolina and Virginia Tech will begin their final rounds at 12:50 p.m.

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