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The Herd will travel to the Greenbrier Intercollegiate this weekend for its first and only in-state tournament of the season

Marshall University’s men’s golf team is set to tee off Monday at its only in-state tournament of the season.

The Herd is competing at the Greenbrier Intercollegiate for the second consecutive year.

Last season, the Herd placed first at the tournament out of seven teams.

Head coach Matt Grobe said because the tournament is in state, it is kind of home tournament for the Herd.

“We’ve had success there,” Grobe said. “We won it last year, so hopefully we can rekindle a little of that, the field’s a little bit stronger this year. We’ve got some better teams that are coming, so hopefully our kids can do a good job and put up some good rounds.”

Last year, junior Logan Lagodich lead the Herd to victory at the tournament, shooting a 70, just three strokes from his lowest round of the season.

Sophomore golfer Will Evans said the Greenbrier Intercollegiate was one of the two tournaments he was not able to compete in last season.

“I’m pretty excited to get back there and see how I compete,” Evans said.

The team began the spring season in North Carolina March 2, after not being able to practice on an actual course since January due to the snow.

“We haven’t played as good as we really wanted to these first couple of events,” Grobe said. “The kids are playing pretty good right now. We’ve got a couple of events left so hopefully we can ramp up for the conference.”

Evans said the team has been able to practice a few times in the Chris Cline Athletic Complex Indoor Facility.

The team yet to take home an overall victory this season, but the Herd has finished second in both rounds of the Patriot Intercollegiate in the fall and second place in the third round of the Pinehurst Intercollegiate in March.

“We’ve had a good amount of tournaments this spring to start to get our games pretty sharp,” Evans said. “And I think at the Greenbrier and maybe conference we’re going to peak.”

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