Marshall Invitational Golf Tournament Friday & Saturday





Marshall Invitational Golf Tournament Friday & Saturday

4/4/2002

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University will host the 33rd annual Marshall Invitational golf tournament Friday and Saturday at the Guyan Golf & Country Club in Huntington.

“We have another strong field,” Marshall Director of Golf Joe Feaganes said. “I think the top teams to look for are Toledo and Ohio State, but there are several teams that are more than capable of winning and that includes Marshall.”

Nationally-ranked Toledo and Ohio State highlight a 20-team field that includes many of the region’s top programs. Toledo is ranked 11th in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin ratings and 21st in the latest Precept Golf Coaches Poll (PGC), while the Buckeyes, defending and 16-time Marshall Invitational Champions, enter this weekend ranked 24th in the latest PGC poll.

In addition to Toledo and Ohio State: Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisville, Marshall, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio, Wisconsin, Wright State, and Xavier will compete for top honors at Guyan.

Six of the schools competing are also ranked in the latest District 4 rankings. Toledo is second, followed by Ohio State (5), Illinois (6), Eastern Kentucky (8), Kentucky (9), and Michigan (10).

Marshall will be looking to win its home tournament for only the second time in history (Marshall captured its only MU Invitational title in 1977). This year, Marshall pins its hopes on a veteran lineup that includes Huntington native Burke Spensky.

Spensky, a junior, transfered to Marshall last year from Louisiana-Lafayette and will be participating in his first Marshall Invitational. He joins senior Aaron Williams (New Boston, Ohio), senior Brian Perry (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.), freshman Drew Whitten (Hurricane, W.Va.), and senior Steve Sisson (Huntington, W.Va.) in the Thundering Herd lineup. Marshall’s Tim Lynch, Ryan Stewart, Brad Tweel, and Matt O’Dell will participate as individuals in the tournament.

The tournament will being Friday morning with a shotgun start at 8:00. Both the first and second rounds will be played Friday, with the third and final round set for Saturday (7:30 a.m. start). All 54-holes will be played on the 6,446-yard, par 71 course at Guyan Golf & Country Club.

Spectators are welcome and there is no admission fee. However, spectators are expected to follow all NCAA spectator guidelines.