Oct. 2, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall freshman Clark Robinson (South Windsor, Conn.) has been named Conference USA Golfer of the Week (ending Oct. 1), after a championship performance in the Patriot Intercollegiate on Sept. 28-29.
For the rookie, this week’s honor marks the first of his career and the third in Marshall’s history in C-USA (dating to 2005-06) in which a freshman earned a C-USA weekly recognition (Nathan Kerns, 2009-10, and Christian Brand, 2006-07). Robinson is the first member of the Thundering Herd to receive the honor this season.
"I’m honored to receive this award,” Robinson said. “Last weekend, I probably had the most fun round of golf I’ve ever had. I was surprised I didn’t get nervous about playing well, but I was just having fun and that is a major factor in playing well for me.”
Robinson shot two rounds of 1-over-par 72 on the 7,102-yard Laurel Hill Golf Club, which coach Matt Grobe declared as “one of the toughest we will play all year.” Robinson’s 2-over 144 put him in a tie for 10th after Day 1.
He came out on Day 2 and shot a 66, matching the second lowest score in Herd history. The 5-under put his three-round score at 3-under 210. Robinson finished with a one-stroke individual victory – the first for Marshall in two years. Bosten Miller was the last member of the Herd to take home an individual win, in the UK Bluegrass Fall Invitational on Sept. 18, 2011.
“I’m really happy for Clark,” Grobe said. “He played so well in the final round (of the Patriot Intercollegiate). I really didn’t think that we would have many players shoot under par, and Clark shot a 5-under-par 66. It was an incredible round and a great tournament for Clark.”
Robinson’s final round propelled Marshall to its second consecutive team victory this season. The last time the men’s golf program won two events in a single season was in 1990. These back-to-back victories mark the third time a Herd team won back-to-back events (1977 and ’90).
“Last weekend gave me confidence and I learned how to deal with pressure better,” Robinson added. “When I finished my round, I was more worried about the team getting the win, instead of myself. I didn’t know I was in contention for the individual winner.”
Robinson and the Herd will be back in action Oct. 7-8 at the 2013 Bearcat Invitational in Hebron, Ky., hosted by Cincinnati.