May 10, 2011

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University senior Christian Brand has been selected to participate in the 2011 NCAA Men's Golf Championships and will play as an individual in the NCAA Regional at Virginia Tech's Pete Dye River Course May 19 thru the 21st.

"I am very proud of Christian and this outstanding accomplishment," Marshall Head Golf Coach Joe Feaganes said. "He is very deserving of this honor and he is a tremendous representative of Marshall University and our golf program."

Brand, a Charleston native, is the first Marshall men's golfer to make an NCAA Regional since Jonathan Clark accomplished the feat in 1996.

Brand led the Thundering Herd with a school-record single season stroke average of 73.24 this past season and ranks second all-time at Marshall in career stroke average with a 74.3 mark. He recorded six Top 20 finishes this season, including two top 10 finishes, and placed 11th overall at the Conference USA Championships.

The 2011 NCAA Men's Golf Championships consists of six 54-hole regional tournaments. Thirteen teams and 10 individuals will compete at each of three regionals, while the other three regionals will have 14 teams and five individuals. The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the finals.

The finals will be conducted May 31-June 5, at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Oklahoma State will serve as the host institution for this year's championship.

Virginia Tech's Pete Dye River Course is a 7,685-yard, par 72, course that was re-designed in 2005 and is nestled along the banks of the New River. The layout winds along 2.5 miles of the scenic and historic river with eight holds that are directly affected by its presence.

Note: Former Marshall Golfer John Norton (1978-81) is the head pro/general manager of the Pete Dye River Course at Virginia Tech.