Monday, April 14, 2008

HOKIE WEAVER ENJOYS AUGUSTA

British Amateur Champion Hokie Drew Weaver was struggling to contain his excitement at playing in his first U.S. Masters last week, just short of a year after having to deal with the tragedy at Virginia Tech.

Weaver, who narrowly missed being caught up in the gunfire of the Virginia Tech massacre on April 16 which left 32 fellow students and the gunman dead, failed to make the cut, but enjoyed his Master’s experience. Playing with Raymond Floyd and Jonathan Byrd, Weaver shot 76, 80 on Thursday and Friday.

“One of the things that I talked with my parents and my coach and everybody about, and one of the things I really wanted to do, was to wear the Virginia Tech logo,” Weaver told reporters following Monday’s practice round at Augusta National.

“Just having something with the Virginia Tech logo instantly you get associated with April 16th and it’s very unfortunate.”

Weaver was only 100 meters away, close enough to hear the shots ring through his accounting class, when a gunman opened fire on students.

A text message form a friend told Weaver what was unfolding outside his class room, sending him and his fellow students running for safety.

Weaver spent Masters week living in the famed Crow’s Nest which sits on top the players’ locker room at Augusta National and has been home to some of golf’s greatest names including Tiger Woods.

“It’s just such an incredible week and I just can’t believe — I still can’t believe that I’m actually a part of it and playing in it,” Weaver said. “Today definitely made me realize that I was here, and playing the practice round was just an incredible feeling.”

Drew Weaver watches a putt during the first day of practice prior to the start of the 2008 Masters. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Weaver hits his tee shot on the 12th hole during the first round of the 2008 Masters. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

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