KESWICK — Former University of Virginia and George Mason University golfer Connor Messick finished first Tuesday after two days of stroke-play qualifying for match play at the 106th VSGA State Amateur at Keswick Golf Club.

Messick earned medalist honors with a two day total of 8 under 136.

The top 32 golfers advanced to match play, which begins Wednesday with the round of 32 and the round of 16.

Virginia Tech’s Cameron Moore tied for second with a 6 under 138.

The Hokies’ Connor Burgess tied for fourth at 140.

Roanoke’s Chase Bailey tied for sixth at 141.

Blacksburg’s Christopher Zhang, Roanoke’s Justin Young and Radford University’s Peter Gasperini tied for 10th at 143.

Tech’s Mark Lawrence Jr. and former James River and RU golfer Kyle Bailey tied for 17th at 144.

Radford University’s Ben Ramsey and UVa’s Jack Montague tied for 28th at 147. They were among the survivors of an eight man playoff for the final five match play spots.

Blacksburg graduate Hunter Duncan of Radford University also had a 147 but missed the cut in that playoff.


VMI’s Ratliffe transferring

VMI guard Jordan Ratliffe announced Tuesday on Twitter that he has decided to enter the transfer portal and play for another school.

Ratliffe, who averaged 7.3 points off the bench as a freshman in the 2017-18 season. He missed last season with a fully torn ACL after hurting his knee in a fall workout.

Ratliffe becomes the fifth VMI basketball player to enter the transfer portal since last season ended. The other four have already picked new schools.


Virginia Tech lands RB

Denmark (Georgia) running back Jordan Brunson verbally committed to Virginia Tech on Tuesday.

Brunson announced his decision on Twitter.

The Hokies are one of two power five teams (Boston College) to offer the 6-foot, 210-pound Brunson. He has plenty of other offers from FBS schools, including Akron, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Colorado State, Old Dominion, Kent State and Western Michigan.

Brunson, who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds this summer, received an offer from Virginia Tech on June 8 after visiting campus earlier in the month. He ran for 935 yards with a team-high 15 touchdowns for South Forsyth High School as a junior in 2018. He is not ranked by 247 Sports.

Virginia Tech has five verbal commits for its 2020 signing class, including running back C.J. Beasley of Maury High School in Norfolk.

UVa adds DB from Florida

Virginia’s recruiting blitz continued Tuesday as the Cavaliers took a commitment from Dave Herard, a 6-1, 190-pound defensive back from Stranahan High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Herard was the 10th player to commit to UVa for the 2020 entering class and had a total of 19 scholarship offers, according to, which showed him with offers from Boston College, Indiana, Syracuse and West Virginia.

Herard was the fourth rising senior to commit to UVa in a nine-day span.


W&L’s Patrick honored

Hank Patrick of Washington and Lee (3.99 GPA) has been named to the Division III Academic All-America second team by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Mark Berman covers Virginia Tech men’s basketball and many other teams at the university. He also helps cover other colleges, including Radford, VMI, Roanoke, Washington and Lee and Ferrum.

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