The Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech is the home of the Virginia Tech Golf Team under the direction of Head Coach - Jay Hardwick and Associate Head Coach, Brian Sharp. Under their leadership the team has appeared in the past four NCAA Division I Golf Regionals in addition to consecutive trips to the Regionals from 2001 to 2004, advancing to the NCAA Championship two of those years and finishing eighth in 2001. Since 1993, the Hokies have won eight conference championships in four separate leagues including the Metro Conference in 1993 and 1994, the Atlantic 10 Conference in 1996 and 1997 and the Big East is 2001, 2002 and 2003. In 2007, the Hokies claimed the ACC Golf Championship.
The Hokies practice on the course and at the VT Golf Team Complex at “The River”. The team center was completed in 2005 and is one of the nation’s premier collegiate golf facilities. This state-of-the-art complex houses an indoor teaching center including a video swing analysis system, locker rooms, club repair room, players’ lounge, a recruit welcome area and team meeting room. Adjoining the team building is a covered tee area equipped with fans, radiant heaters and lights. Two practice tees, a putting green, and a designated short game area complete the complex.
There have many outstanding individual accomplishments for Virginia Tech golfers over the years including Drew Weaver winning the British Amateur in 2007. By virtue of winning this historic championship, Drew competed in the 2007 British Open and received an invitation to compete in the 2008 Masters Tournament. Weaver was also a member of the victorious U.S. Walker Cup Team in 2009. Two former Hokies have also established a name for themselves on the PGA Tour in recent years – Johnson Wagner, winner of the 2008 Shell Open; and Brendon de Jonge – who finished 41st on the 2010 PGA Tour money list with more than $2 million in earnings. Wagner and de Jonge were teammates at Virginia Tech from 1999 through 2002.
Coach Hardwick has built the Hokies' golf program around players who are standouts in the classroom as well as on the golf course. During his 28 year tenure, the graduation rate for golfers who have completed their eligibility at Virginia Tech is 99% and there have been a number of Academic All-American Scholars throughout the years.
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