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May-hem: Marshall’s Nathan Kerns earns berth in NCAA golf tournament

Marshall Thundering Herd senior Nathan Kerns has earned a berth in the NCAA Division I golf tournament. The former Ironton All-Ohio golfer will play May 16-18 at the Ohio State Scarlet Course. (Photo Courtesy of the Marshall Univeristy Sports Information)

Marshall Thundering Herd senior Nathan Kerns has earned a berth in the NCAA Division I golf tournament. The former Ironton All-Ohio golfer will play May 16-18 at the Ohio State Scarlet Course. (Photo Courtesy of the Marshall University Sports Information)

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Forget March Madness. Nathan Kerns is about to experience NCAA May-hem.

The Marshall Thundering Herd senior and former Ironton Fighting Tigers’ All-Ohio golfer has earned an at-large individual berth in the NCAA Division I men’s golf tournament.

The regional tournaments will be held May 16-18.

The online selection show announced the team qualifiers for each of the six regions followed by the individual selections.

“It was one of last (regionals) to be put up there on the screen so I was little nervous. I’m happy and we’ll get to work tomorrow,” said Kerns.

Kerns will also get the chance to play on a familiar course. He will play on the Ohio State University Scarlet Course in Columbus.

“It’s nice to get to play there. I don’t feel intimidated. I know I’ll have a lot of support,” said Kerns.

“I’m excited, but I’m keeping it all in perspective. I’ve got work to do. This whole season has been building toward this. I’m ready to play some good golf.”

A total of 10 individual golfers and 13 teams will participate in the Columbus regional. Among the individuals is Korey Ward of Xavier.

“I’ve played with Korey Ward a few times. That would be a dream pairing,” said Kerns.

The five teams and the individual finisher with the lowest scores at each regional advances to the finals to be held May 28 to June 2 at The Capital City Club in Atlanta.

“I’m really happy for Nathan. I am especially happy for him being able to play in his home state,” said Herd coach Matt Grobe.

“Nathan, along with his mom (Heather), dad (Jeff), and sister (Madison) were in the office (Monday night) during the selection and it was a really cool environment. They are all looking forward to seeing Nathan play more golf this year.”

The NCAA berth is just another honor for Kerns this season. He was third in the Conference USA tournament overall as he helped the Herd team to its highest finish in the tournament with a fifth place finish.

He became the first Marshall golfer to be named to the C-USA all-tournament team and followed that by being the first Herd golfer to be named to the C-USA all-league first team.