April 15, 2014
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Marshall men's golf team ended its regular season in historic fashion as it placed first among seven teams at the inaugural Greenbrier Collegiate Invitational at the Old White TPC, Tuesday.
"I'm really happy for the guys," Marshall coach Matt Grobe said. "They played so hard today. The weather conditions were really tough and the kids fought hard and finished strong to get the win. It was really good to get a win before heading to Oklahoma for the Conference USA Championship."
Marshall's victory marks the first time the Herd has won three or more tournaments in one season. In the fall, Marshall carded back-to-back victories at the John Piper Intercollegiate (Sept., 17, 2013) and the Patriot Intercollegiate (Sept. 29, 2013). The Herd has won two tournaments in a season twice before, in 1976-77 at the Marshall Invitational and the West Virginia Intercollegiate, and in 1990-91 at the Eastern Kentucky Fall Classic and the Rhododendron Classic (formerly the West Virginia Intercollegiate).
It was a cold, windy and rainy day on the par-70, 6,895-yard course, and weather conditions pushed the shotgun start from 9 to 8 a.m. ET. After shooting a 15-over-par 295 in the final round, Marshall ended with a two-day, three-round total of 23-over 863 to capture the victory by four strokes over co-host Bowling Green (27-over 867).
Each of the Herd's five group-competitors finished in the top 12, with four inside the top 10. Logan Lagodich (Canton, Ohio) finished as runner-up at 4-over 214, eight strokes behind champion Jose Narro from Bowling Green (4-under 206). Lagodich and Narro tied for most birdies of the tournament with 11 each, and Marshall ended with the most team birdies at 38.
The team's championship trophy was presented by former Herd golfer and MU alumnus Jim Justice, owner and chairman of The Greenbrier. Justice is a $5 million contributor to Marshall's Vision Campaign for Athletics.
The Herd scored:
Logan Lagodich - 2 (74-67-73=214)
Clark Robinson - 6 (67-73-77=217)
Brian Anania - T7 (72-74-72=218)
Jeremy Rogers - T9 (71-73-75=219)
Davey Jude - T12 (76-71-75=222)
Jacob Miller - T32 (85-75-72=232)
Next, the Herd will begin postseason play at the Conference USA Championship, April 27-29, at Oak Tree Country Club in Edmond, Okla.