Oct. 9, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - For the second straight week, a Marshall men's golfer has earned Conference USA Golfer of the Week honors. The Oct. 9 recognition is the first of senior Brian Anania's (Hurricane, W.Va.) career.
"I'm really happy for Brian [Anania]," Herd coach Matt Grobe said. "He's been waiting a long time to win a collegiate tournament, and he was able to do it with his parents watching. I'm grateful that C-USA recognized him this week."
Anania won the Bearcat Invitational title Tuesday at Traditions Golf Club in Hebron, Ky. Anania is the second member of the Herd to win the honor this season, joining freshman Clark Robinson (South Windsor, Conn.) - the Oct. 2 honoree.
"I would say that throughout the week I hit the ball really well," Anania said. "Overall, I stayed patient. In the first round I hit well, but I was just not making putts. In the second round, I continued to hit the ball well and then stayed patient. I didn't get frustrated, and in the end the putts started falling and I finished strong."
Anania shot a 6-under-par 210 at the Bearcat Invitational. His final round of 68 tied a career best and was enough to put him one shot ahead of second-place finishers Mitchell Thomas (Tennessee Tech) and Baxter Reeves (Cincinnati). His under-par performance helped the Herd secure second place and its third straight top-two finish.
"It was really exciting for me to finally break through at the collegiate level, especially with my parents there," Anania said. "It meant a lot to me to have them there to watch me win."
Marshall is one of two C-USA schools to have two golfers of the week this season, with the other being UAB. Like Anania, the Blazers' Wilson McDonald picked up his first win of his collegiate career Tuesday. The senior won the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate after shooting an 8-under-par 202 and shares the weekly honors with the Herd member.
Anania and his Herd teammates will next play Oct. 20-22 at the OBX/ODU Collegiate at Kilmarlic in Powells, N.C.