Golf Team Competes For MAC Title This Weekend
Marshall University’s men’s golf team hopes to return to its early season form at the 2002 Mid-American Conference Men’s Golf Championship, Thursday through Saturday, in Columbus, Ohio.
“One of our goals prior to the start of the season was to win the conference tournament,” Head Coach Joe Feaganes said. “Early on it looked like we had the team to do it, but we fell on some hard times. With that said, we are going to Columbus with one thought in mind and that is to win the tournament.”
Marshall started the season strong, finishing sixth at the Big Red Classic and fourth at the El Diablo in March only to hit the proverbial wall as of late. MU finished last out of 17 teams at Ohio State’s Keepler Intercollegiate and 15th out of 18 at Akron’s FirstEnergy Intercollegiate, its last two tournaments of the regular season.
An automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament will be on the line when Marshall’s five-man team of Burke Spensky, Aaron Williams, Brian Perry, Steve Sisson, and Brad Tweel take to the course at the Medallion Club to face the MAC’s nine other men’s golf playing institutions this weekend. The Medallion Club features a 7,030-yard, par 72 course that was designed by Jack Nicklaus, Jr.
The MAC Championship, a four round tournament, begins Thursday at noon with the opening round of 18 holes. Rounds two and three will both be played Friday, with the final round scheduled to be played Saturday. The MAC tournament champion will represent the league in the NCAA Regionals slated for May 16-18.
Nationally-ranked Toledo is favorite to win the championship. The Rockets have climbed as high as 11th in the national rankings this season.
The Thundering Herd placed 7th in last year’s championship and will be looking to win its first MAC Golf Title since 1966. The Thundering Herd’s last appearance in the NCAA Tournament came as a member of the Southern Conference in 1993.