Herd Finishes Eighth After Day One


Brian Anania had the best team score today.

Brian Anania had the best team score today.

Sept. 9, 2013

Day One: Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational Get Acrobat Reader

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.-- Day One of the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invite has concluded for men's golf with Richmond currently leading the pack by a four-under-par score of 564 after two rounds of play at the Guyan Golf and Country Club on Monday. The Thundering Herd stands in eighth place with a score of 581 (+13) after 36 holes of action.

"I thought we played well in the morning," said Head Coach Matt Grobe. The problem we've been having, and that we are working to improve on, is having too many people in the afternoon round play bad. We had to take a bad score. We took a 77 and a 79, and you just can't do that in college golf and compete."

After the shotgun start at 8:30 a.m., Cincinnati took the lead. The Bearcats finished with a total score of 279 (-5), closely followed by William and Mary, which completed the first round with a 280 (-4). Marshall and Loyola University (Md.) stayed even (284) and tied for third place before the second round began at about 1:30 p.m.

In Round One, the Herd had three competitors under par. West Virginia native and senior Brian Anania (Hurricane) finished in a four-way tie for sixth with the squad's lowest score of 69 (-2), while teammate freshman Will Evans (Charleston, W.Va.) scored a 70 (-1) in a tie for tenth. Freshman Clark Robinson (South Windsor, Conn.) was entered into the invitational as an individual participant and tied for second with a low score of 68 (-3).

"It was good to see Brian Anania come out and play good his senior year," added Grobe. "I know how much his senior year means to him, so to see him start off well was great and I'm happy for him."

Anania finished the second round with a 70 (-1), totaling his Day One score to 139 (-3) and putting him in a tie for sixth place. Evans ended the day with a 141 (-1) after making par on the second-set of nine holes and putting himself in a tie for 11th.

Of the Marshall squad, Robinson finished with the lowest overall score with a 138 (-4). He is in a two-way tie for fourth place heading into the final day of the invitational.

"I'm really excited about the play of our freshman. Both of them played really well and came ready to play. It was very exciting to see those kids (Will Evans, Clark Robinson) have a good first round and back it up with a good second round. I'm looking forward to tomorrow to see how they react."

Anania finished the day with nine birdies and was one of 11 participants to have an eagle. Evans and Robinson both had eight birdies on the day and were 2.88 in par three scoring (-1).

The invitational will have fixed tee times on Tuesday, starting at 8 a.m. and continuing in 10-minute intervals.

Marshall had seven entries in the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invite - two entered as individuals. After day one they stand as:

Brian Anania: T6 (69-70-139)

Will Evans: T11 (70-71-141)

Logan Lagodich: T59 (73-79-152)

Jake Miller: T67 (72-79-151)

Jeremy Rogers: T71 (77-77-154)

Clark Robinson (Individual): T4 (68-70-138)

Tas Sipowski (Individual): 86 (82-76-158)