Men's Golf to Tee Off at C-USA Championship, Sunday
Fourteen teams to vie for title at Oak Tree Country Club
April 26, 2014
CONFERENCE USA MEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
April 27-29, 2014
Edmond, Okla. | Oak Tree Country Club
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall will travel to Edmond, Okla., for the 2014 Conference USA Men's Golf Championship, teeing off Sunday at Oak Tree Country Club. The Thundering Herd will get underway paired with Middle Tennessee and Tulsa at 9:27 a.m. ET at hole No. 10.
The championship consists of 54 holes on a par-70, 6,861-yard course spanning three days, with the winning team receiving an automatic berth into the NCAA Regionals. This is the first time the tournament will be hosted at Oak Tree Country Club.
HAVE YOU HERD?
The Marshall men's golf team ended its regular season in historic fashion as it placed first among seven teams at the inaugural Greenbrier Collegiate Invitational at the Old White TPC, April 15. After shooting a 15-over-par 295 in the final round, the Herd ended with a two-day, three-round total of 23-over 863 to capture the victory by four strokes over co-host Bowling Green (27-over 867).
Each of Marshall's five group-competitors finished in the top 12, with four inside the top 10. Logan Lagodich (Canton, Ohio) finished as runner-up at 4-over 214, eight strokes behind champion Jose Narro from Bowling Green (4-under 206). Lagodich and Narro tied for most birdies of the tournament with 11 each, and Marshall ended with the most team birdies at 38.
EASY AS 1, 2, 3
Marshall's victory at The Greenbrier Collegiate Invitational marked the first time the Herd has won three or more tournaments in one season. In the fall, Marshall carded back-to-back victories at the John Piper Intercollegiate (Sept., 17, 2013) and the Patriot Intercollegiate (Sept. 29, 2013). The Herd has won two tournaments in a season twice before, in 1976-77 at the Marshall Invitational and the West Virginia Intercollegiate, and in 1990-91 at the Eastern Kentucky Fall Classic and the Rhododendron Classic (formerly the West Virginia Intercollegiate).
For the second consecutive year, Marshall senior Brian Anania (Hurricane, W.Va.) was named to the Conference USA Men's Golf All-Academic Team, the league announced Thursday.
While maintaining a 3.94 GPA in business management with a marketing minor, Anania boasts the best stroke average on the team (72.58) in 26 rounds of play this season. His average entering the C-USA Championship ranks No. 2 in Herd history in a single season, behind only former teammate Nathan Kerns, who posted a 71.72 last season.
Marshall men's golf recorded its best finish in the Conference USA Men's Golf Championship last season, placing fifth. Prior to last year, the Herd's best finish was seventh in 2011.
SCOUTING THE FIELD
Participating teams include No. 16 UAB, No. 65 Middle Tennessee, No. 69 Charlotte, No. 71 North Texas (Golfweek), East Carolina, Louisiana Tech, Florida Atlantic, Marshall, Old Dominion, Rice, Southern Miss, Tulsa, UTEP, UTSA.
SURVEYING THE COURSE
Oak Tree Country Club - Par 70 - 6,861 yards
The winner of the C-USA Championship will receive an automatic berth to NCAA Regionals.