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Marshall men’s golf reflects on season

The Parthenon

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013

Updated: Thursday, April 11, 2013 23:04

The Marshall University men’s golf team wrapped up its regular season with a 12th place team finish at the Irish Creek Collegiate tournament in Kannapolis, N.C.

The 12th place finish came after a first day round which saw the team in seventh place. Sophomore Brian Anania said he and the team performed better all around on the tournament’s first day.

“The first day, I thought we had a much better day as a team,” Anania said. “I think I played better on the first day as well. On the final round, we didn’t play as well as we needed to and lost a few spots.”

The spring and fall seasons were different for the team this season in one aspect — the person leading the team. At the end of the 2012 spring season, Head Coach Joe Feaganes retired after being with the team for more than 40 years.

Matt Grobe, Feagane’s replacement, was hired on June 29. Junior golfer Jeremy Rogers said he enjoys playing for Grobe.

“Coach Grobe is an awesome coach,” Rogers said. “He used to be a PGA professional, so he knows a little about the game, and if we are having problems with our game we can go to him for advice. He’s a laid back guy like everyone else on the team.”

Nathan Kerns, Marshall’s lone senior, said he was not sure about what to expect when the coaching switch happened, but he enjoys Grobe’s coaching style.

“I think coming into this season as a senior, I didn’t know what to expect,” Kerns said. “We are privileged to have had two coaches that had different styles, but worked.”

With the regular season complete, the team will now shift its focus toward the Conference USA tournament in Texarkana, Ark. The location has been the same for the past two seasons, which Anania said gives players an advantage.

“Every time you play a course, you always learn about it and shots you can and can’t miss,” Anania said. “I think that gives you a huge advantage. It will be my third time down there. I believe we have good experience and can hopefully play well there.”

Golf is a sport that cannot be mastered. Even the best pros can falter in the final round of a big tournament. Despite the added pressures of being a senior, Kerns said he does not change anything in his routine for the conference tournament.

“Of course there’s added pressure there, with it being my last one,” Kerns said. “It’s been a great ride with these guys. We are just going to go down there and try to finish strong, and most importantly try to get an automatic regional bid, which you get for winning your conference tournament.”

The first round of the three-day C-USA tournament starts April 21.

Kyle Gibson can be contacted at gibson210@marshall.edu.

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