Despite Improvement, Marshall Drops to 12th at C-USA Championship|
April 28, 2014
EDMOND, Okla. – Despite posting a 15-stroke improvement from the first day, Marshall men’s golf dropped from 10th to 12th place in the 14-team field at the Conference USA Championship at Oak Tree Golf Club, Monday.
The Thundering Herd carded an 11-over-par 291 in the second round to bring its two-day total to 37-over 597. Each team in the field but one bettered its score by five strokes or more, with East Carolina recording the largest improvement, down 24 strokes from the previous round (308-284=592). North Texas was the only team with a higher score, up two strokes from Day 1 (296-298=594).
“We played better today but so did virtually everyone else,” Marshall coach Matt Grobe said. “Brian [Anania] and Logan [Lagodich] really put together solid rounds of even par 70. We just aren’t helping those guys very much as the rest of the team is struggling.”
Senior Brian Anania (Hurricane, W.Va.) improved by two strokes on the second day, totaling 2-over 142 through two rounds. He remains in the top 10, tied for eighth place with Payne Denman of Middle Tennessee. Going into the final round, Anania remains fives strokes behind leader Logan McCracken of Tulsa (3-under 137). Logan Lagodich (Canton, Ohio) played seven strokes better than his first round, totaling 7-over 147 to tie for 26th place.
“We really need the back end of the lineup to play better for us to have a chance,” Grobe said. “Hopefully after a good practice session [this afternoon] we will be ready to go tomorrow.”
On the second day, Marshall scored:
Marshall will complete the tournament in the final round, Tuesday, with tee times beginning at 9:27 a.m. ET.