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MU's Brand makes NCAA championships

May. 11, 2011 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University golfer Christian Brand received an individual berth in the NCAA men's championships.

Brand is the ninth Thundering Herd player to receive an NCAA bid, and the first since Jonathan Clark in 1996.

The Marshall senior from Charleston will play May 19-21 in a 54-hole regional tournament at The Pete Dye River Course at Virginia Tech in Radford, Va.

"I am very proud of Christian and this outstanding accomplishment," Marshall coach Joe Feaganes said. "He is very deserving of this honor and he is a tremendous representative of Marshall University and our golf program."

Brand led Marshall and set a school-record with a 73.24 season stroke average and ranks second all-time for the Herd with a 74.3 career average.He recorded six Top 20 finishes in the 2010-11 season, including a pair of Top 10 finishes, and tied for 11th place at the Conference USA tournament.

The NCAA championship consists of six regional tournaments. The national tournament is May 31-June 5 at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla.

The Pete Dye River Course at Virginia Tech is a 7,685-yard, par-72 layout alongside the New River. John Norton, a former Marshall player from 1978-81, is the head pro and general manger of the course.

Other individuals playing at Virginia Tech are T.J. Howe, Penn State; Jake Katz, Binghamton; Vaita Guillaume, Campbell; Adam Hoffman, Vanderbilt; Chandler Brazeal, Wofford; Matt Moot, Campbell; Richard Fountain, Davidson; Herbert Day, Xavier; and Peter Williamson, Dartmouth.

Automatic team qualifiers at the River Course are Atlantic Coast Conference champion Georgia Tech, Mid-American Conference champion Kent State, Colonial Athletic Association champion UNC Wilmington and Ivy League champion Yale. At-large entries are LSU, Duke, Virginia, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, Mississippi, East Carolina, Coastal Carolina and Lamar.

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