JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. -- The Virginia Tech golf team shot an opening round two-over-par 290 and is tied for fourth place in the 12th annual Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at The Ridges. The tournament is being played at the 7,147-yard, par-72 The Ridges Golf and Country Club in Jonesborough, Tenn.
Junior Garland Green (Tazewell, Va.) is tied for eighth place after shooting a one-under-par 71 in Friday’s first round. He trails first round leader Diego Velasquez of Oregon State by five strokes.
Junior Marshall Bailey (Fincastle, Va.) is tied for 18th place after an even-par 72 and freshman Mikey Moyers (Standardsville, Va.) is tied for 26th at 73. Junior Aaron Eckstein (Salem, Va.) is tied for 34th place with a 74 and sophomore Blake Redmond (Sugar Land, Tex.) is tied for 53rd place with a 76. Freshman Jacob Everts (Ooletwah, Tenn.) is playing the event as an individual and shot a first-round 75 and is tied for 40th.
Oregon State, behind the strong play of Velasquez, leads the tournament with a first round 286, one stroke ahead of Tennessee and Missouri. The Hokies are tied with UNC Wilmington and ACC foes, Virginia, Wake Forest and Duke at 290. Host East Tennessee State is ninth at 294, Coastal Carolina is 10th at 295 and Kent State is 11th at 296. NC State is 12th at 297, North Carolina is 13th at 299, Auburn is 14th at 300 and UAB is 15th at 306.
The field for this year’s event includes 10 teams that currently rank in the nation’s Top 50 by Golfweek/Sagarin, including the Hokies. This group features No. 2 Tennessee, No. 8 Oregon State, No. 12 North Carolina State, and No. 25 Auburn. Virginia Tech entered the event ranked 43rd by Golfstat.com and 49th by Golfweek/Sagarin.
Virginia Tech returns to the event for the first time since winning the tournament in the fall of 2007. A scheduling conflict with a previously-scheduled event caused the Hokies not to defend their title last year.
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