Sept. 13, 2011
Huntington, W.Va. – The 42nd Marshall Invitational came to a close after a final round of 18 holes at Guyan Golf and Country Club Tuesday. The 54-hole, two-day competition crowned the Ohio State Buckeyes tournament champions with a final score of 834. After finishing tied for tenth following the first 36 holes of competition, The Herd charged ahead of two teams to grab eighth place among the fifteen teams competing.
Bosten Miller (Charleston, W.Va./Capital HS) gave the home onlookers a thrill as he finished just two strokes behind the tournament medalist. Miller finished the third round with a one under par, 70, to give him a three day total of seven under par, 206. Sophomore Brian Anania (Hurricane, W.Va./Hurricane HS) posted Marshall’s second score with a third round score of 70 as well. Nathan Kerns (Ironton, Ohio/ Ironton) and Tas Sipowski (Jupiter, Fla.) tallied a 72 and 73, respectively, in day two.
Together as a team MU fired a three round total of 854. As a result The Herd finished 20 strokes behind first place OSU, who finished with 834 strokes. Eastern Kentucky tallied five more strokes than the Buckeyes to take tournament runner-up.
Ohio State also boasted the Invitational’s medalist as well, as Alex Redfield nipped the rest of the field with a 54-hole total of nine under par. Redfield’s day two leading round of 65 was just enough to push him past Eric Chun of Northwestern and Brian Fister of EKU who each finished one stroke back for second place. Bosten Miller tied two others for fourth.
In his 40th and final year of coaching Head Coach Joe Feaganes was pleased with the play of his team and the level of competition. “Our team battled well in the first meet of the season. For Bosten to come out and compete at a high level right away is huge. Also, Tas and Jeremy each performed well in their first collegiate golf tournament.”
Coach Feaganes was honored among opposing coaches and players for his consecutive years of hosting the Marshall Invitational. True to his nature, Coach Feaganes didn’t care for any accolades but was grateful for the opportunity and the willingness of Guyan Golf and Country Club to host the competition year in and year out.
The field of competitors tallied ten eagles and 679 birdies throughout the 54 holes. The course offered several challenges too as 113 double bogeys were recorded alongside 18 scores higher than double bogey. Number Eight, the par five, 525-yard hole recorded the most negative strokes with five eagles and 95 birdies. Number two rattled the field the most, however, posting the highest amount of double bogeys (21).
Marshall will rest their bodies and work on its form for two days before traveling to Lexington, Kentucky to compete in the Kentucky Invitational at the Big Blue Course on September 17th and 18th.
8. Marshall 854 (291-280-283)
T4 Bosten Miller 206 (70-66-70)
T20 Brian Anania 212 (74-68-70)
T29 Nathan Kerns 215 (70-73-72)
64 Tas Sipowski 223 (77-73-73)
T73 Jeremy Rogers 227 (79-77-71)