Tuesday, June 26, 2007


Hokie Drew Weaver became the first American to win the British Amateur tournament since 1979.

The 20-year-old junior defeated Australia's Tim Stewart 2 and 1 in his first appearance in the tournament, held at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in northern England. Weaver earned an invitation to the British Open at Carnoustie in Scotland from July 19-22 and to next year's Masters.

"This win is for the people we lost on April 16," he said. "I've been proud to represent the college here this week and to give them something positive. There's been so much negative publicity about the place in recent months, and this is just a fantastic feeling to do something like this."

Weaver matched Jay Sigel's win in 1979 and was the first American in the championship match since Jim Holtgrieve in 1983. This was the 22nd American win in 112 editions of the amateur game's most celebrated event.

(Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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