May 14, 2009
Hokies eighth after first round of NCAA regional
Weaver tied for ninth
NCAA Austin Regional


AUSTIN, Tex.Virginia Tech shot an opening round 302 and is in eighth place at the NCAA Austin Regional at the par 71, 7,412-yard University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Tex. on Thursday. The Hokies entered the event as the tenth seed.

“We got off to a good start,” head coach Jay Hardwick said. “We made some bogeys, but we made some birdies early in the first three or four holes and took advantage of those holes. The first five holes on the back nine (Tech’s first nine) are really the easiest on the course.”

Senior Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.) shot 72 in the first round and is tied for ninth place individually. He is four strokes behind Lance Lopez of Texas and Hugues Joannes of Lamar, who are tied for the lead.

Redshirt senior Will Oldham (Spartanburg, S.C.) shot 75 and is tied for 24th place and sophomore Garland Green (Tazewell, Va.) is tied for 38th at 77. Sophomore Marshall Bailey (Fincastle, Va.) is tied for 49th at 78 and redshirt junior Matt Boyd (Sugar Land, Tex.) is tied for 61st at 81.

“We’re in pretty good shape,” Hardwick said. “Not great, but hanging in there. Nobody’s tearing it up. We got to the toughest stretch of the golf course and just didn’t play well. We played it like a lot of teams did today.”

“We won’t change the way we play, we just have to go out and get off to that same good start again tomorrow. They have some very difficult golf holes out here and the wind blows and that just compounds it.”

Third-seed Texas Tech shot an opening round two-under-par 282 and leads host and fourth-seed Texas by nine strokes. Second-seed Florida is third at 293, top-seed Stanford is fourth at 294 and UNLV and Lamar are tied for fifth at 296. Michigan is seventh at 301, one stroke ahead of the Hokies. Mississippi State is ninth at 305, California is 10th at 306, Texas-Arlington is 11th at 308, New Mexico State is 12th at 309 and Jackson State is 13th at 335. The top five teams from this regional will advance to the finals in Toledo, Ohio in late May.

The Hokies will be grouped with Michigan and Mississippi State in the second round on Friday morning, beginning at 10:10 a.m. from the 10th tee.

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