Herd men’s golf prepares for final fall tournament

Closing out their fall schedule with all eight players participating, the Marshall University men’s golf team will travel to NCR Country Club for the Dayton Flyer Intercollegiate beginning on Monday, Oct. 14.

“We started the fall with me being able to see all eight and we’re going to end the fall with me being able to see all eight,” Herd Head Coach Matt Grobe said.  “That’s kind of nice.”

The team will leave for the tournament on Saturday, Oct. 12 in order to play to make Sunday’s practice round.

The real work, Grobe said, will begin on Monday morning with the first round.

NCR Country Club upkeeps two golf courses: the south course and the north course. The Herd will be taking on the south course, which is ranked No. 68 on Golfweek’s Top 100 Classic list at par 71 and 7,055 yards.

“The golf course is phenomenal,” Grobe said. “It’s actually one of our guys’ favorites. I think it’ll be a really good golf course for us.”

Grobe said all the players have a familiarity with the golf course, having played it several times.

Redshirt senior Ben Roeder said he hopes to keep everything except the putting rolling from the last round of the Mountaineer Intercollegiate, where he scored a 5-over par in his final round at the Pete Dye Golf Club on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

As a team, the Herd managed to improve their score in the final round by 13 stokes over the second round and 25 strokes over the first round.

“I’m hoping to keep that momentum up and strike the ball well,” Roeder said. “I just want to navigate my ball from tee to green the way I know I can.”

Roeder said he is just “trying to figure out the putting right now,” and will make a small change to his putter’s grip.

Roeder said that sometimes a small change without changing one’s putting stroke can make a big difference.

In last season’s Flyer Invitational, Davidson College took home the top team honors, while Marshall ranked No. 5 out of 12 teams.

The Herd’s top player was redshirt senior Thomas Frazier, who has since graduated.

Current sophomore Kyle Mitchell finished second on the Marshall team last season in Dayton as a freshman, shooting 3-over par and finishing tied for 10th overall.

After the Dayton Flyer Intercollegiate is completed, the golf team will enter a hiatus for the rest of the fall semester.

They will pick up Feb. 2 in Statesboro, Georgia for the Georgia Southern Individual Collegiate.

Grant Goodrich can be contacted at [email protected].