HUNTINGTON, W. Va. – The Morehead State University men’s golf team shot +6 (858) and finished the 2015 Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational tied for 10th, in front of West Virginia and host Marshall. With a combined 858, they shot 37 strokes better than they did in this tournament a year ago.
The tournament began with two rounds on Monday and wrapped with the closing round on Tuesday morning. The Eagles saw continual improvement throughout the tournament, as they shot a +6 (290) on Monday morning, a +1 (285) on Monday afternoon, and then a -1 (283) on Tuesday. They finished at +7 on Par 3s, +14 on Par 4s, and -2 on Par 5s.
Senior Logan Hogge and freshman Nick Wilkins led Morehead State, as they both shot even-par (213) for the tournament. Wilkins was consistent throughout the week as he went 71-70-72. Hogge finished the tournament with a team-best round -3 (68) on Tuesday, as he went 73-72-68.
Senior Will Branham, a Pikeville High School graduate, finished the tournament at +1 (216) after shooting 72 all three rounds. Freshmen Thomas DeMarco and Matt Cholod also played in the team competition. DeMarco struggled in the opening round with a +8 (79), but closed with even-par rounds of 71 and finished at +8 (221). Cholod finished at +10 (223).
Freshman Tyler Hillyer competed as an individual and shot +17 (230).
MSU head coach Matthew Martin left the tournament optimistic about his team’s overall performance.
“Logan closed the tournament with an impressive round,” said Martin. “Nick and Will also made birdies down the stretch to keep our team score under par. Thomas played extremely solid in his second and third collegiate rounds, and even Matt was a mistake or two away from shooting par or better. Tyler also rebounded well from a rocky start in his first college event.
Belmont University won the tournament, shooting -18 (834), and Belmont’s Austin Van Home won the individual event at -13.
Their next tournament for the MSU men’s golf team is the NKU Fall Invitational at Elks Run Golf Course in Batavia, Ohio on Sept. 27 and 28.