By: Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – James Marchesani of Oklahoma City has been named the NAIA National Men’s Golfer of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Marchesani was selected based on his performance from April 7 – 13 and was chosen out of a pool of conference, independent and unaffiliated group winners.
Marchesani, a senior from Victoria, Rosebud, Australia, carded his third victory of the season as the Stars concluded the regular season by capturing the Oklahoma Baptist Invitational on April 8 at the John Conrad Golf Course. His first round total of 64 was one off a career-best and currently, is tied for the fifth best round of any NAIA player this season. His two-round total of 133 (64-69) won the Invitational by three strokes as he was -11 under par. His eagle during the second round was his fourth on the year, which is tied for third-most in the NAIA.
He helped Oklahoma City to a first-place team finish, winning the event by 28 strokes.
In national golf rankings, Marchesani is No. 1 overall in stroke average (71.14)
The next Men’s Golfer of the Week will be announced on April 23. For the complete 2014 Golfer of the Week schedule, click here.
Nominees: Andrew Davis, William Woods (Mo.); Tyler Falk, Northwest Christian (Ore.); Kolton Kyne, Concordia (Ore.); Daniel Frantz, St. Francis (Ill.); James Kerr, Saint Xavier (Ill.); Michael Bork, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.); Dalton Miller, Indiana Wesleyan; Drew Day, Bethel (Ind.); Tanner Priest, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Matt Young, Morningside (Iowa); Jesse Nissen, Doane (Neb.); Matt McVey, Culver-Stockton (Mo.); Kelley Thompson, Baker (Kan.); Travis Chorley, Missouri Valley; Ryan Hilton, Ashford (Iowa); Joaquin Diaz, Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.); Ben Johnson, Bethany (Kan.); Tanner George, Sterling (Kan.); Chase Carrico, Brescia (Ky.); Michal Pospisil, Cumberlands (Ky.); Austin Garrett, Cumberland (Tenn.); Josh Zornes, Shawnee State (Ohio); Ben Wollam, Grand View (Iowa); Ryan Schrimper, Mount Mercy (Iowa); Thailer Carlson, AIB (Iowa); Colby Webb, Texas Wesleyan; Jordan Portal, Spring Hill (Ala.); No Nominee, Southeastern (Fla.); Jorge Benitez, Davenport (Mich.); Nick Corbeil, Madonna (Mich.); Jacob VanDyke, Lourdes (Ohio) .
2014 NAIA National Men’s Golfers of the Week
Week 1 (March 19): Dylan Freeman, Coastal Georgia
Week 2 (March 26): Julian Taylor, William Woods (Mo.)
Week 3 (April 2): Nicolas Herrera, Bellevue (Neb.)
Week 4 (April 9): Julian Taylor, William Woods (Mo.)
Week 5 (April 16): James Marchesani, Oklahoma City