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MU in 6th place after 1st round of C-USA golf championship

Apr. 22, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

TEXARKANA, Ark. -- Marshall is in sixth place after the first round of the Conference USA Golf Championship being played on the par-72 Texarkana Country Club.

The Thundering Herd shot 292 Sunday. Nathan Kerns led the way with a 71. Logan Lagodich shot 73, C-USA All-Academic selection Brian Anania 74, Jeremy Rogers 74 and Tas Sipowski 78.

"I think our guys played really well in round one," first-year coach Matt Grobe said. "For the teams we were playing with, we did a really good job. We could have even scored lower. We played actually a bit better than we scored. I thought we could have come out a little bit lower than we did and that made the guys hungry. We had a good practice session after the round, and we are looking forward to tomorrow."

SMU, ranked No. 21, turned in a 278 to lead by seven shots over UCF. The Mustangs are the highest ranked team in the field. Houston is 29th and Tulsa 40th. Houston is third with 286.

SMU's Mario Clemens and Bryson Dechambeau each shot 68 to share the individual lead with Curtis Reed of Houston and Martin Simonsen of UTEP. Grant Milner of Memphis is a shot back. Tied at 70 are Harry Higgs of SMU, Landon Michelson of Rice, Mark Mumford of Tulsa and Kyle Wilshire of UCF.

Round two is Monday and the tournament wraps up Tuesday. Herd players go off No. 1 Monday starting at 9:30 a.m. They are paired with players from Memphis and UTEP.

SMU last won the title in 2006. This is the final C-USA tournament for the Mustangs. The school moves to the American Athletic Conference (formerly the Big East) next season.

The tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals.

C-USA WOMEN: The Conference USA Women's Championship starts Monday at The Peninsula Golf & Racquet Club in Gulf Shores, Ala. Playing for Marshall are Caitlyn Morrone, Kristyn Morrone, Maria Battaglia Rachel Thompson and Korakot Simsiriwong. The Herd begins play on No. 10 at 8:35 a.m.

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