May 15, 2009
Hokies fall to 12th at NCAA Austin Regional
Weaver tied for 18th individually

AUSTIN, Tex. – Virginia Tech shot a second round 306 and is in 12th place in the NCAA Austin Regional at the par 71, 7,412-yardUniversity of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Tex. on Friday. The Hokies, the tournament’s 10th seed has a two-round total of 608.

“I’m disappointed that we weren’t able to finish well,” Hardwick said. “We got in position out there again today and even though we were playing an easier stretch, that stretch wasn’t playing as easy as it was yesterday. We made the turn and were in good position and the guys that were playing well struggled coming in.

Garland (Green) played well today. A double-bogey, bogey finish is tough and he shot 74, but the way he played most of the round has to be a confidence builder for him. Drew (Weaver) played the tougher front nine even and one-over in the first two rounds. That’s really playing well. We just have to get him off to a little better start.”

Senior Drew Weaver (High Point, N.C.) leads the Hokies with a two-round total of five-over-pat 147 and is tied for 18th place. He is ten strokes behind Lance Lopez of Texas who leads the tournament at 137.

Sophomore Garland Green (Tazewell, Va.) is tied for 36th at 151 and redshirt senior Will Oldham (Spartanburg, S.C.) is tied for 51stplace at 155. Sophomore Marshall Bailey (Fincastle, Va.) is tied for 55th at 156 and redshirt junior Matt Boyd (Sugar Land, Tex.) is tied for 68th at 160.

“Even though we didn’t play well today, the scores were really high and we’ve still got a shot. We have to think that there are five teams advancing to the national championship and we’re 15 shots out of fifth place. If we go and shoot the low round of the tournament tomorrow, I think we can get in. We have to find out what we’re made of. We’re going to the range and work hard. Go out tomorrow, try to get out to a good start, post a good score and see if it holds up.”

Host Texas took over first place after a second-round one-over-par 285 and lead day-one leader Texas Tech by two strokes andFlorida by four strokes. UNLV is fourth at 585, Stanford is fifth at 593, Lamar is sixth at 594 and California and Michigan are tied for seventh at 596. Texas-Arlington is ninth at 598, New Mexico State is 10th at 601 and Mississippi State is 11th at 602, six strokes ahead of the Hokies. Jackson State is 13th at 650.

The tournament saw its first hole-in-one, as Clay Myers of Jackson State aced the par-three eighth hole with a four iron from 215 yards.

The Hokies will be grouped with New Mexico State and Mississippi State in the final round on Saturday morning, beginning at 9:20 a.m. CDT from the 10th tee.

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