April 23, 2013
TEXARKANA, Ark. - Senior Nathan Kerns carded the lowest third round score of the 60-player field to help Marshall men's golf finish the final round of the Conference Championships in fifth. The Thundering Herd scored a 295 (+7) on day three to wrap up the event.
The Herd finished the last tournament of the season with an 878 (+14) to earn the fifth place finish. The fifth place ranking is the lowest Marshall has ever placed in the Conference USA tournament.
Kerns scored a 68 (-4) in the third round after putting in six birdies, which was the best tally of the third day and the second-best round of the entire tournament. After scoring a 71 and 72, respectively, in the first two rounds, the senior golfer scored a 211 (-5) to finish the tournament ranked third individually. The third place finish is the best in Marshall's conference playoff history and earned Kerns one of the five All-Tournament spots.
"Nathan is really special kid," head coach Matt Grobe said. "He is a special talent in golf. It's been awesome to watch him all season long. When he absolutely needed to have the round of his life, he pulled it off. That just shows you what a great player he is. He shot the lowest round of the entire tournament field today with a 68 and put himself into contention to maybe get a bid to reach the NCAA Regionals as an individual."
Freshman Logan Lagodich concluded his first C-USA Championship tied for 14th after scoring a 219 (+3) for the tournament. After scoring a season-low 71 (-1) in the second round, Lagodich followed with a 75 (+3) in the final round.
Jeremy Rogers posted a 76 (+4) in the final round to total a 223 (+7) in the three-round event. The score put Rogers tied for 30th individually. Brian Anania also scored a 76 (+4) in the third round and finished the tournament with a 225 (+9) to tie for 35th overall.
Tas Sipowski tallied an 84 (+12) in the final round of the tournament and scored a 239 (+23) overall. The score placed Sipowski 58th individually.
"The tournament went really well for us," Grobe said. "Our kids really fought hard. Today was a really tough day as far as conditions go - we got some wind, the greens were a little bit quicker. Our kids just kept fighting.
"Brian Anania made a seven on a par three and then comes back to make four birdies on the back nine," continued Grobe. "Nathan Kerns makes birdies coming home for us and finished with a 68. It's a testament to our team. Not just the guys here, but also our guys back home. We have eleven great kids and they pushed each other all year long and made each other better. We were able to come here to conference as the worst ranked team in the field and ended up finishing fifth. It's a testament to the hard work of every individual on our team."
Houston claimed its sixth C-USA men's golf title after finishing the par 72, 6,935-yard Texarkana Country Club course with a seven-under 857. Houston sophomore Roman Robledo earned medalist honors as he was eight-under (208), including a career-low round of 65 Monday. That 65 was the lowest round carded in the five seasons the conference championship has been held in Texarkana.