NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Virginia Tech shot an opening round four-over-par 284 and is tied with Northwestern for fifth place at the 2010 NCAA Notre Dame Regional at the 7,023-yard, par 70 Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Indiana. The Hokies, the 11thseed entering the tournament, had all five players shoot between 70 and 73 on Thursday.
Sophomore Blake Redmond (Sugar Land, Texas) and freshman Mikey Moyers (Stanardsvile, Virginia) each shot even-par 70 on Thursday to lead the Hokies. Both are making their NCAA Championship debuts in this event. They are tied for 13th overall, four strokes behind leader Alexander Sitompul of Michigan.
Juniors Marshall Bailey (Fincastle, Virginia) and Garland Green (Tazewell, Virginia) are tied for 29th place at two-over-par 72. Freshman Jacob Everts (Ooltewah, Tennessee) is tied for 36th at 73.
“We had all five players playing well today,” head coach Jay Hardwick said. “It was a good team effort and we are in a position now to make a run at it. We didn’t get off to a very good start, but the guys hung in there and picked up some shots late in the round.”
Top seed Stanford leads the tournament at three-under-par 277, two strokes ahead of second seed Florida. LSU is third at 280 and Florida State is fourth at 283, one stroke ahead of the Hokies and Wildcats. Michigan and Indiana are tied for seventh at 285, Iowa is ninth a 288 and NC State is 10th at 289. Duke is 11th at 292, Murray State and Detroit Mercy are tied for 12th at 297 and St. Francis (Pa.) is 14th at 319.
The top five teams following Saturday’s final round will advance to the NCAA Championship at the Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tennessee the first week of June, along with the top individual not on an advancing team.
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