Marshall's Top 10 Moments of 2011-12: #8
Men's Golf Team Gives Coach Feaganes a Round One to Remember
June 15, 2012
As the 2011-2012 Marshall athletics season comes to a close, HerdZone.com is taking a look back at some of the top moments of the past year. Several exciting moments took place for Marshall during the most recent season, and we did our best to select the top 10 noteworthy moments.
Here is an overview of the No. 8 moment of 2011-12 for Marshall Athletics:
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Set to retire at the end of the 2012 season, Marshall head coach Joe Feaganes had been in charge of the Thundering Herd men’s golf team for over 40 years without having ever won a Conference USA Championship. Having served the program as a player and coach for so long, Feaganes led the Marshall squad into the final tournament of his long and storied career with the perfect opportunity to walk out on a high note.
Yet even with the C-USA Championships set to serve as the final chapter in a storybook career, few were expecting the Thundering Herd to make any real noise at the tournament. Playing amidst a field of opponents that included nationally ranked teams such as UCF, East Carolina, UAB, Memphis, SMU, and Tulsa, the Herd was supposed to step aside for the conference’s elite.
But Feaganes and company were not going to go down without a fight. Cued by freshman Tas Sipowski’s hole-in-one and senior captain Bosten Miller’s All-Tournament performance, the team stormed out of the gates and ahead of the competition on day one. Junior Nathan Kerns and sophomore Brian Anania shot one-under scores of 71 to sit tied for eighth, while Sipowski and Miller were just one stroke behind after carding scores of 72.
Sipowski’s hole-in-one was noteworthy in and of itself, drawing praise from Feaganes for being one of the best shots the coach had ever seen. Anania and Kerns played themselves into contention by combining for seven birdies and an eagle, and Bosten Miller, the team’s steady and constant leader, found a way into the top-10 with another consistent performance.
The stellar play of the Herd golfers allowed Marshall to lead top-50 ranked teams UCF, UAB, East Carolina, and Tulsa heading into day two. Only No. 40 Memphis and No. 42 SMU shot better in the opening round of 18. Unfortunately for Marshall, the team would not be able to send Feaganes riding-off into the sunset, ultimately succumbing to its higher ranked opposition after three rounds of play. Even so, the squad’s outstanding day-one performance gave Herd fans the chance to root for the ultimate swansong in a fabled career… even if just for a day.