March 21, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall men’s golf team will participate in the 44th Annual Furman Intercollegiate this weekend, March 22-24, at the par-72, 6,994-yard Furman University Golf Club. Round one of the 54-hole tournament tees off on Friday morning at 8 a.m. with second round play slated for Saturday and final round action scheduled to begin on Sunday morning.
This year’s 21-team field includes the host Paladins, Akron, Charleston Southern, Chattanooga, Dartmouth, East Tennessee State, Francis Marion, Gardner-Webb, Georgia State, Iowa State, Marshall, North Florida, Presbyterian, Purdue, Samford, Temple, Troy, Virginia Tech, Western Carolina, Winthrop and Wofford.
Three of the 21 teams are ranked among the top 50 teams in the nation and eight are among the top 100 teams in this week’s GolfWeek/Sagarin Rankings, led by No. 15 North Florida. The Ospreys’ Kevin Phelan in ranked No. 6 in the country and teammate MJ Maguire is ranked No. 35, while Iowa State’s Scott Fernandez enters the week at No. 24.
Clemson captured its third consecutive Furman Intercollegiate title last March with a 54-hole tournament record score of 26-under par. Coastal Carolina’s Sebastian Soderberg (-12) fired three straight 68’s to claim individual medalist honors at 12-under.
The Furman University Golf Course was designed by Richard K. Webel of Long Island, N.Y., and Walter Cosby, superintendent of grounds and greens at the Greenbriar Hotel and Golf Resort.
“It’s a pretty straight forward golf course,” head coach Matt Grobe remarked.” We have a lot of experience here. We brought four guys who have played here before. They are doing a really good job of taking us through the golf course and seeing what each day will be like, seeing where the pins and tees will be.”
Since the late 1970s, the course has been the site of two outstanding college tournaments, the Furman Intercollegiate and the Lady Paladin Invitational. In addition, the course hosts a number of local and state tournaments.
Through the years, a number of familiar names have played the course and participated in the Furman Intercollegiate. Past winners include Curtis Strange, Jay Haas, Mark Calcavecchia, Billy Andrade, Matt Kuchar and Furman’s Brad Faxon.
Marshall will be traveling six student-athletes to Greenville, S.C., including senior Nathan Kerns, juniors Jeremy Rogers and Brian Anania, sophomores Tas Sipowski and Jacob Miller, and freshman Logan Lagodich. Miller will be the first individual playing for Marshall since the Marshall Invitational on September 10.
“We have been a little bit inconsistent this spring,” Grobe continued. “I’m happy the way we played against Davidson and I’m hoping we can get back on track and get back to playing good golf again. It’s the biggest field we have played in so far this year. It’s a lot of teams competing, so it will allow us to see where stand up against other opponents. It will be a good measuring stick to see where our guys really are.”