Oct. 23, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Two Marshall golfers have each won a share of the Conference USA Golfer of the Week award Oct. 22 – a first for the both of them.
Senior women’s golfer Rachel Thompson (Mansfield, Ohio) and sophomore men’s golfer Logan Lagodich (Canton, Ohio) each picked up their first collegiate individual victories on Tuesday en route to winning the C-USA weekly honor.
Thompson shot a 2-over-par 72 in the final round of the Dayton Fall Invitational to secure the first individual victory of her Marshall career. She had the best par 4 scoring of the tournament (4.21, +5) and the second-most birdies (5). Thompson’s final round performance helped propel the Herd to a fifth place finish after beginning the final day in 10th place.
“I am extremely excited and relieved about my win,” Thompson said. “It’s something I have been wanting from day one of my freshman year, and I knew I was running out of time. To win C-USA Player of the Week makes me all the more excited.”
Thomspson is the second member of the Marshall women’s golf team to earn the recognition this season, as she joins junior Korakot Simsiriwong (Narathiwat, Thailand). She shares the C-USA honor with Elizabeth Haycock of ODU and Coralia Arias of FIU, who also won last week.
“I am so proud of Rachel,” coach Meredith Knight Rowsey said. “It’s well deserved. She has worked hard the last three and a half years at Marshall to get to this point, and I couldn’t be happier for her.”
On the men’s side, Lagodich won his first collegiate tournament after defeating Jamison Randall of ODU and Rocky Khara of VCU in a one-hole playoff at the ODU/OBX Intercollegiate. The trio tied with a 6-under final score of 207 before commencing head-to-head action.
Lagodich tied his career best in the first round of the tournament with a score of 69 before going on to set himself a new record with a career-best 67 in Round 2. He had the best par 3 scoring (2.80, -3) and par 5 scoring (4.33, -8) of the tournament, and he tied for the most birdies (14).
“I have been in position to win the last couple of tournaments,” Lagodich said. “So, it was exciting to finally pull one off.”
Lagodich is the third Marshall men’s golfer to be recognized by C-USA this season. He joins freshman Clark Robinson (South Windsor, CT) and senior Brian Anania (Hurricane, W.Va.). The three have won their respective tournaments consecutively, setting a new Marshall record for the men’s golf program.
“I’m really happy for Logan for being recognized as Conference USA Golfer of the Week,” coach Matt Grobe said. “He played so well this week. It is so hard in college golf to hold on to a lead and win a golf tournament, and Logan did it. That is very impressive!”
Thompson and Lagodich concluded the fall victoriously, and will return to action in the spring.