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Herd Brings Home First Win Since 2000

Sophomore Logan Lagodich posing with his third place trophy at the John Piper Intercollegiate.

Sept. 17, 2013

Day Two: John Piper Intercollegiate Get Acrobat Reader

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio. – For the first time in 13 years, Marshall men’s golf finished first overall, winning the 13th annual John Piper Intercollegiate in Bowling Green, Ohio, Tuesday. Sophomore Logan Lagodich (Canton, Ohio) led the way for the Thundering Herd with a team-low three-round score of 215.

The last time the Herd finished first was in 2000 at the Kingsmill Invitational in Williamsburg, Va.

“I’m really happy for our kids,” coach Matt Grobe said. “They played so hard today. They really focused and played well all day. The course played really tough today, but the guys kept fighting right to the end.”

Entering Day Two, the Herd was in perfect position to win in it all, tied with Valparaiso after the first two rounds at Stone Ridge Golf Club. The squad shot a one-over-par 289 in the final round of the tournament to finish with a three-stroke advantage for a total of 866. Valparaiso kept the Herd on its toes with an 869, while Wisconsin-Green Bay was close behind with a team total of 870. 

“It was really exciting to come down the stretch and have our kids make some clutch putts and shots to get the win,” Grobe said.

Marshall finished the day with three top ten finishes. Lagodich went into the final day with a one-stroke lead in first and finished the John Piper Invitational in a tie for third. In the last 18 holes, he shot a 76 to total his three-round-score to 215, the team’s lowest score.

Senior Brian Anania (Hurricane) maintained his consistency into the Round Three of the tournament, shooting 1-over 73, as he did in the second round to push him into a seventh place tie. Freshman Clark Robinson (South Windsor, Conn.) ended in a tie for 10th after a four-stroke improvement from Day One, in which he ended in a tie for 16th. Robinson, who shot two rounds of 2-over 74 on Monday, shot a 2-under 70 in Round Three.

The John Piper Intercollegiate featured participants in multiple NCAA divisions, and for this reason tournament results are separated into appropriate divisions of competition.

The squad will have more than a week to prepare for its next fall tournament, traveling to Lorton, Va. to compete in the Patriot Intercollegiate for the first time Sept. 28-29.

The Herd had six participants in the tournament – one was entered as an individual. After the final round, they finished:

Brian Anania: T7 (71-73-73-217)

Will Evans: T19 (74-78-71-223)

Logan Lagodich: T3 (70-69-76-215)

Jake Miller: T18 (75-72-75-222)

Clark Robinson: T10 (74-74-70-218)

Tas Sipowski (Individual): 37 (77-76-82-235)