Men's Golf Poised to Move Up After First Day at Firestone
Updated: Monday 10/05/2015 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The William & Mary men's golf team recovered from a tough first round Monday to shoot 2-over in the afternoon at the Firestone Invitational, finishing the day tied with Valparaiso in 15th place at 16-over (592).  Maryland leads the 16-team tournament at 569 (-7), four ahead of host Akron.  The Terrapins also boast the individual leader in David Kocher at 136 (-8), one stroke ahead of Toledo's Otto Black.

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For the Tribe, junior Austin Morrison (Charlotte, N.C.) is in a tie for 20th overall after rounds of 73-71, good for 144 (E) overall.  Freshman David Hicks (Cape May Court House, N.J.) shot 74 in the morning, but came back at 72 (E), his team-best fifth round of par or better, and is tied for 34th overall at 146 (+2).  Classmate Will Stewart (Charlotte, N.C.) cut six strokes between rounds to finish at 73 (+1) in the afternoon, and is tied for 69th overall at 152 (+8).  Two strokes back in a tie for 78th are both Davis Morrison (Charlotte, N.C.) and Sam Aronoff (Santa Monica, Calif.), the latter of whom also cut six strokes at lunch to shoot a 74 (+2) in the second round.

The Firestone Invitational finishes with one round on Tuesday.

Firestone Invitational - 54 Holes
Firestone North Country Club - Par 72, 7125 Yards

Team Standings
1. Maryland 569 (-7)
2. Akron 573 (-3)
3. Xavier 576 (E)
4. Ohio 577 (+1)
5. Old Dominion 579 (+3)
T6. Francis Marion 580 (+4)
T6. Western Kentucky 580 (+4)
T8. Georgetown 583 (+7)
T8. Eastern Kentucky 583 (+7)
10. Illinois State 584 (+8)
11. USC Aiken 585 (+9)
12. Toledo 586 (+10)
13. Eastern Michigan 587 (+11)
14. Ball State 590 (+14)
T15. William & Mary 592 (+16)
T15. Valparaiso 592 (+16)

Top Five Players (91 total)
1. David Kocher (MD) 136 (-8)
2. Otto Black (TOL) 137 (-7)
3. Jose Montano (XAV) 139 (-5)
T4. George Baylis (AKR) 140 (-4)
T4. Beau Breault (EMU) 140 (-4) **
T4. Zach Bauchou (OSU) 140 (-4) **

W&M Players
T20. Austin Morrison 144 (E)
T34. David Hicks 146 (+2)
T69. Will Stewart 152 (+8)
T78. Sam Aronoff 154 (+10)
T78. Davis Morrison 154 (+10)
** Playing as an individual

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