Jude, Lagodich share in PGA debut
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Davey Jude and Logan Lagodich are no strangers to playing tournament golf together.
After all, the two Marshall University teammates spent three years doing so while representing the Thundering Herd. This week, however, is completely different for both as they make their PGA Tour debuts at A Military Tribute to The Greenbrier on Thursday.
Being able to share in each other’s PGA debuts — something they had dreamed of while at Marshall — adds an element to what was already going to be a memorable week.
“It’s definitely a special thing,” Lagodich said. “Going to Marshall, you develop a connection to the area, so it’s really exciting to make the debut here. It’s going to be a fun week. Davey and I, we’ve been really good friends now for five years. It’s just such a good story.”
The two golfers were part of Marshall head golf coach Matt Grobe’s first recruiting class, so they grew in the game together at the collegiate level, which
helped to build the friendship, as well.
Once done at Marshall, both players pursued their professional careers and even lived together last winter at Jude’s winter home in Jupiter, Florida., while working on their game.
“We became closer and closer every year,” Jude said. “For him to be here also, it’s kind of crazy. We both were the first class of Matt Grobe, his first recruiting class, and now we’re out here together.”
While Jude received a sponsor’s exemption on June 7 for entry to the tournament, Lagodich had to go through the Monday qualifier at the Cobb Course at Glade Springs, West Virginia, to gain entry to this week’s A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier.
Lagodich shot a 5-under 66 and made it through a four-man playoff for three spots to make the field.
Jude, who was at the range with caddie Jeff McGraw during the qualifier, said that he was feverishly checking for updates from Glade on Monday afternoon.
Once he saw the update in which Lagodich was in a four-way tie for second place, Jude kept tabs on the playoff.
“During that playoff, Kyle Long. head pro at Glade, I texted him and said ‘I need updates on every shot anyone hits,’” Jude said. “He kept texting me everything and I was thrilled when I saw he made it in.”
Following Lagodich’s qualifier result, the two took to Old White TPC on Tuesday for practice rounds before continuing to prepare on Wednesday afternoon.
On Thursday, a dream that they have each had since high school and into their time at Marshall becomes reality.
Both will tee off at 2 p.m. on Thursday, albeit on different holes.
Jude will join Tennessee’s Stephan Jaeger and South Carolina’s Matt Atkins off the No. 1 tee. Lagodich joins Alabama’s Will Claxton and Florida’s Sam Ryder off of No. 10.