BLACKSBURG, Va. -- The Virginia Tech golf team will open the 2009-10 season as it travels to the Richmond area to compete in the VCU Shootout at the Hermitage Country Club in Manakin-Sabot, Va., on Monday and Tuesday. The event will be played on the par 71, 6,947-yard Manakin Course at Hermitage.
The Hokies will field a young team that includes two juniors, a sophomore and two freshmen. A third Tech junior will play the event as an individual.
The Hokies will be led by freshman Mikey Moyers (Standardsville, Va.). Moyers will be making his collegiate debut in the number-one spot for the Hokies after winning fall qualifying. He comes to Tech with an impressive junior resume. He won his second consecutive Virginia Class AA High School Championship last fall. He was the 2007 Virginia State Golf Association Co-Junior Player of the Year and the 2007 and 2008 VSGA Junior Match Play Champion. He is a three-time selection to represent Virginia in the Virginia/Carolina Junior Matches.
Juniors Garland Green (Tazewell, Va.) and Marshall Bailey (Fincastle, Va.) will play the two and three spots for Tech. Both players were in the Hokies’ 2009 NCAA Southwest Regional line-up in May. Bailey played in all 11 matches for the Hokies last season, and Green played in nine matches as a sophomore. Bailey is the top returning scorer for the Hokies this season and Green is second on that list.
Rounding out the line-up for Tech is freshman Jacob Everts (Ooltewah, Tenn.) at the number-four spot and sophomore Blake Redmond (Sugar Land. Tex.) at the number-five spot. Everts, a top junior golfer from Tennessee, will be making his collegiate debut on Monday, and Redmond appeared in seven events for the Hokies last season as a freshman.
Junior Aaron Eckstein (Salem, Va.) will compete at VCU as an individual. A member of the Hokies 2008 NCAA East Regional competitors, Eckstein missed a major portion of last spring due to changes in his swing. He had his best finish of the 2008-09 season at VCU, finishing 22nd overall.
The tournament will feature at field of 14 teams. Along with the Hokies and host VCU, Charlotte, East Carolina, Iowa, Maryland, Mercer, UNC Greensboro, UNC Wilmington, Penn State, Richmond, Virginia, Wake Forest and Wichita State, will compete in the two-day, 54-hole event. Wake Forest is the highest-ranked team in the event, currently ranked 23 by Golfstat.com, while UVa is ranked 25th. Two other teams in the tournament are ranked in the top 50. The Hokies are not ranked in either of the two major polls, since they have not competed yet this season.
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