INDIANAPOLIS, ind. – The Virginia Tech golf team has received an at-large bid to the 2009 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship. The Hokies will compete May 14-16 as the 10th seed at University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas, hosted by the University of Texas.
This will be the Hokies’ third consecutive NCAA appearance and their 11th all-time appearance in the NCAA Championship. Tech was the 11th seed in the East Regional last season and finished 15th in the event at Council Fire Golf Club in Chattanooga, Tenn. Jurrian van der Vaart, who graduated last year from Virginia Tech, advanced as an individual to the NCAA Championship in West Lafayette, Ind., and finished tied for ninth overall.
“We are very excited to represent Virginia Tech in the NCAA Championship again this season and are excited to be playing in Austin,” head coach Jay Hardwick said. “This team is very deserving of the bid, in as they finished in the top 10 in nine of the 10 events this season. We are also very pleased that the Atlantic Coast Conference placed eight teams in the field.”
Virginia Tech finished in the top 10 of nine of its 10 events this season, including five top five finishes. The Hokies enter the regionals ranked 53rd nationally by Golfstat.com and 61st nationally by the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Senior Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.), a 2009 All-ACC selection, is ranked 41st in the Golfstat.com Golfstat Cup standings and 43rd individually in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.
The Hokies are one of eight Atlantic Coast Conference teams selected for the regionals. Tech finished tied for seventh in the 2009 ACC Men’s Golf Championship in April. The Hokies are the only ACC team competing in Austin. The ACC’s eight teams in the regionals is second only to the SEC’s 12 competing teams.
Stanford is the number-one seed in Austin, followed by Florida, Texas Tech, Texas and UNLV. Beginning this season there are six regional sites. Three sites, including Austin, have 13 teams and ten individuals, while the other three sites have 14 teams and five individuals. The top five teams from each site advance to the NCAA Championship, along with the low individual from each site not on an advancing team. The championship rounds will be played at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, May 26-30.
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