GW Golf Within Striking Distance After Day 1 at Towson Invitational

Senior Benton Kircher helped pace GW on the first day of the Towson Invitational with a 5-over-par 77.

March 31, 2014


EASTON, Md. - GW golf is tied for fifth place after the first round of the shortened Whiting-Turner Towson Invitational, 12 shots off the lead and in prime position for its top team finish of the 2013-14 season heading into Tuesday's final round.

GW opened with a 23-over-par 311 at the par-72, 7,106-yard Hog Neck Golf Course, the contingency course after Sunday's rainfall forced the event away from the original venue - Prospect Bay Country Club - and cut the tournament from 54 to 36 holes.

Fairleigh Dickinson opened with an 11-over 299 and owns a two-shot lead over VCU (301), followed by Northern Colorado (309) in third and Indiana (Pa.) (310) in fourth.

The Colonials are in a three-way tie with host Towson and Sacred Heart at 311, while Seton Hall (313), LIU Brooklyn (315), Robert Morris (315) and Central Connecticut State (315) round out the top half of the 22-team field.

Senior Benton Kircher and sophomore Michael Helton led the Colonials with rounds of 5-over 77 and are tied for 21st place in the 115-player field, just four shots off the early pace set by VCU's Steffan Harm at 1-over 73.

Freshman Michael Heda carded a 6-over 78 and is tied for 28th while sophomore Steve Piela capped GW's counting scores with a 7-over 79 and is tied for 40th. Junior Jack Persons is tied for 45th after an 8-over 80. Individually, freshman Lucas Farmer fired a 6-over 78 and is tied for 28th along with classmate Heda.

Tuesday's final round will revert back to Prospect Bay's par-72, 6,659-yard layout in Grasonville, Md., with the Colonials going out in the morning's opening tee times beginning at 8 a.m. Live scoring via GolfStat will return for the final 18 holes.



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