May 6, 2014
IRVING, Texas - Clark Robinson (South Windsor, Conn.) became the second Marshall golfer ever to be selected to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team, the league announced Tuesday. C-USA announced its 2014 men's golf all-conference teams and specialty award winners following a vote by the league's head coaches.
This season, Robinson secured the best freshman scoring average in Herd history at 73.21, almost a full stroke better than Christian Brand's average of 74.1 in 2007. Brand is the only other Marshall golfer to receive Conference USA All-Freshman Team honors after being named 2007 Freshman of the Year. Robinson's average also is the fourth-best in a single season in the Herd record book, ranking second on this season's roster behind senior Brian Anania's 72.48.
"I am so happy for Clark," coach Matt Grobe said. "He had an outstanding freshman campaign. I never imagined him coming in and winning during his third-ever collegiate event. He is a very special player and I am looking forward to watching him progress for the next three years."
One of the many highlights of this season for the freshman was a 66 in the final round at the Patriot Intercollegiate to secure his first career victory (Sept. 29). He is one of only eight Marshall golfers to shoot a 66, the second-lowest round in Herd history behind Linden Meade's 63 at the 1958 Mid-American Conference Championship. Robinson is also one of 18 players to card an individual victory at Marshall. Robinson secured five top-10 finishes this season and placed in the top 25 in six of nine tournaments played.
Additionally, Robinson was named Conference USA Golfer of the Week (Oct. 2) - as well as Marshall Student-Athlete of the Week - after his championship performance at the Patriot Intercollegiate. He became the third freshman in Marshall's C-USA history (dating to 2005-06) to receive a C-USA weekly recognition (Nathan Kerns in 2009-10, and Christian Brand in 2006-07).
Robinson's efforts also have contributed to a Herd-record three team titles this season: at the John Piper Intercollegiate (Sept. 17), the Patriot Intercollegiate (Sept. 29) and most recently at the inaugural Greenbrier Collegiate Invitational (April 15).
2014 All-Conference USA Men's Golf Awards
Golfer of the Year: Paul Dunne, UAB
Freshman of the Year: Kevin Reilly, Rice
Newcomer of the Year: Wes Conover, East Carolina
Coach of the Year: Justin Emil, Rice
All-Conference USA First Team
Franco Castro, Charlotte
Brett Patterson, Middle Tennessee
Logan McCracken, Tulsa
Paul Dunne, UAB
Wilson McDonald, UAB
All-Conference USA Second Team
Victor Lange, Louisiana Tech
Kevin Reilly, Rice
Matt Mabrey, Tulsa
Sam Love, UAB
Martin Rowher, UAB
All-Conference USA Freshman Team
Connor O'Rourke, Florida Atlantic
Clark Robinson, Marshall
Kevin Reilly, Rice
Frederik Dreier, UTEP
Bryce Alley, UTSA