MAC Men’s Golf: Golfer of the Week
So. ? Massilon, Ohio (Canton Central Catholic HS)
Sophomore Vaughn Snyder (Massillon, Ohio/Canton Central Catholic HS) put together his best tournament of the season to help guide the University of Akron golf team an eighth-place finish at the Xavier Invitational on Tuesday at the Oasis Golf Club. After starting the event with an opening-round 74, Snyder posted back-to-back rounds of 67 (five under par) to end the tournament tied for seventh place with 208 strokes. As team the Zips got off to a slow start at the par-72, 6,921-yard course. In the opening round Akron posted a score of 292, but the guys rallied behind Snyder, shooting 280 in round two and 281 in round three. Akron rested in 15th after round one, but was able to regroup for an eighth-place finish due in-part to Snyder's sharp shooting. Akron finished just four strokes back of Marquette, as spots four through eight were each separated by one stroke.
Sr. ? Interlochen, Mich. (Interlochen HS/Lansing CC)
Senior Bryan Haase fired a career-best seven-under-par 209 (66-70-73) to finish in a tie for ninth place here at the Xavier Invitational here at the Oasis Golf Club in Loveland, Ohio, Oct. 2-3. Xavier's Jason Kokrak took home medalist honors with a 14-under 202 (65-69-68). Haase was the second best MAC player in the tournament with only an Akron player turning in a better 54-hole score. As a team, the Eagles finished ninth with a team score of 856 (280-287-289) as the host Musketeers ran away with the tournament title carding a 830 (276-284-270). Junior Graham Hill followed with a 212 (69-75-68), while redshirt freshman Brandon Lemons added a 218 (72-73-73). Sophomore Chris Ross and junior Joey Stimac rounded out the lineup with a 223 (76-69-78) and a 226 (73-78-75), respectively. Playing as an individual, senior Clay Poff recorded rounds of 72, 73 and 83 to tie for 84th. Head coach Bruce Cunningham's Eagles will return to action at the Georgetown Hoya Invitational Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 21-22, in Beallsville, Md. The Eagles will be looking for their third consecutive Hoya tournament crown, as the team has won the event in 2004 and 2005.
Jr. ? St. Thomas, Ontario (St. Thomas HS)
Walker fired three straight rounds of par or better (71-71-72) at the Xavier Invitational to finish the tournament in 30th place. The junior now has four of his five rounds this year at par or better as has an average of 71.80 this year.