ZIMBABWEAN golfer Brendon de Jonge continues to make history on the international scene as he was one of the six former student-athletes who were inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday.De Jonge is now playing on the US PGA Tour where he is doing well.
According to Virginia Tech website Hokies Sports, De Jonge is among the recently inducted former students who excelled in various sporting disciplines during their time with the university.
Other atheletes were softball’s Ashlee Dobbe, football’s Jake Grove, Lee Suggs, Leva Kublina both of basketball and Jack Will of lacrosse.
De Jonge went to Blacksburg from Harare after winning the Zimbabwe National Amateur Golf Championship in 1999.
In his first season at Virginia Tech, he was the Hokies’ co-Most Valued Player and earned All-Atlantic 10 honours after finishing third in the league championship.
During the fall of 2000, De Jonge became the first Hokie ever to win two tournaments in one season when he notched back-to-back titles at the NCAA East Regional Preview and the ODU/SeaScape.
His stroke average that fall (72.1) was the lowest ever for a Tech golfer.
Over the course of the 2000-01 season, De Jonge helped Tech win a nation’s-best six tournaments, including the BIG EAST Championship.
He then finished 22nd at the NCAA Championships, pacing the Hokies’ to eighth-place as a team.
Entering the spring of his junior season, De Jonge was ranked seventh nationally.
He helped Tech to its second consecutive BIG EAST title before fracturing a rib.
He bounced back and toughed out a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Central Regional.
De Jonge earned second-team All-America honours during the season and was named the Player of the Year in the state of Virginia.
He also played in the East-West Matches, winning his match.
As a senior, De Jonge won the BIG EAST Conference Tournament on the way to second-team All-America honours.
He finished his Tech career as the Hokies’ all-time leader in stroke average at 72.60 per round.