Men’s golf prepares for final regular season tournament, eyes Conference USA Championship in Arkansas

The Marshall University men’s golf team has just one tournament remaining in its regular season before it heads to Texarkana, Arkansas for the Conference USA Championships.

The team will head to the Greenbrier April 11 to play in the two-day Greenbrier Invitational along with Bowling Green State University. Marshall head coach Matt Grobe said it’s critical the team oversees needed improvement in the invitational with it being the final tune up before the conference championships.

“We need to get better at the Greenbrier to be honest,” Grobe said. “It is in our home state and our guys really like it, so we need to play well there.” The Greenbrier will be the first tournament in-state tournament of the spring season for the Herd, which hasn’t participated in a tournament outside of North or South Carolina this season.

Grobe and members of the team said the team has been playing better in recent weeks and are steadily improving as the spring season winds down. 

“Pinehurst was the second tournament of the semester; we had a late-round rally and I think that got the juices flowing,” senior golfer Logan Lagodich said.

Grobe said the weekly improvements are a far cry from the fall season, where the team’s play stagnated.

“During fall we kind of stayed the same team the whole fall,” Grobe said, “but in the spring we are continuing to improve. In the fall we would have only two or three guys show up, and now we are having all five guys have pretty good rounds coming down the stretch. “

Grobe said he knows there is still work to be done if the teamwants to have a shot at the C-USA Championship.

“We still are not putting as well as we need to but we are hitting the ball incredible right now,” Grobe said. “So I’m just hoping we can keep working on the short game and make some putts.”

Although Grobe said improvements are still needed, he and Logodich said the team has a legit shot to really compete at the conference championship.

“If we can all fire on the same cylinder during the conference championship I think we can win it no doubt,” Logodich said. “If we keep striking the ball the way we have and we are able to make some puts, I think we could challenge down there,” Grobe said.

The Conference USA Championship begins April 24 and will last through April 27.

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