April 24, 2012
TEXARKANA, Ark.- The Marshall University men’s golf team concluded its 2011-12 season on Tuesday afternoon, finishing in eighth place at the Conference USA Championships with a three-round score of 892.
In what was a swansong for retiring head coach Joe Feaganes and graduating senior Bosten Miller, the Thundering Herd pair managed to make the most of a final round that saw the latter shoot three birdies and an eagle en-route to a one-under score of 71. After posting an overall, two-under score of 214 for the tournament, Miller finished his Marshall career tied for fifth-place on the individual leaderboard.
For Feaganes, it means the end of a Marshall career that has spanned the better part of 50 years since the coach was a member of the Thundering Herd golf team back in 1964. Despite never winning a conference championship, Feaganes retires as the longest tenured coach in Marshall Athletics history.
Miller’s top-five finish aside, the rest of the Herd experienced mixed results on an emotional final day for the Marshall squad. Junior Nathan Kerns finished second on the team with an impressive +3 score for the tournament, ending the Championships tied for 13th with an overall mark of 219. Sophomores Brian Anania and Jeremy Rogers were not so fortunate, finishing tied for 42nd and 55th, respectively with scores of 230 and 248. Redshirt freshman Tas Sipowski also shot a 230 through the three rounds to finish tied with Anania in 42nd, but did manage a rare hole-in-one during first round action on Sunday.
The No. 40 ranked Memphis Tigers took first place at the C-USA Championships with a five-under score of 859 that narrowly edged No. 23 ranked UCF’s score of 861. The Knights’ Greg Eason won medalist honors with an eight-under score of 208 to finish first-place in the individual standings, while the Tigers’ Jack Belote was second after shooting a 209 through the three rounds. Southern Miss, UTEP, and Rice all finished behind the Herd in the team standings with respective scores of 894, 898, and 915. No. 48 ranked Tulsa finished one spot and four strokes ahead of Marshall in seventh.
The Herd posted a 62-94-3 record for the 2011-12 season and will resume play under new leadership with the 43rd annual Marshall Invitational next fall.
8. Marshall, 892 (286, 309, 297)
T5. Bosten Miller, 214 (72, 71, 71)
T13. Nathan Kerns, 219 (71, 75, 73)
T42. Brian Anania, 230 (71, 84, 75)
T42. Tas Sipowski, 230 (72, 80, 78)
55. Jeremy Rogers, 248 (83, 83, 82)