Kent State Completes Sweep Of MAC Golf Championship's

Updated 5/6/2012
Courtesy of Kent State Sports Information

Final Results

Lighting and rain were the only things that slowed the 18th ranked Kent State men’s golf team at the Mid-American Conference Championship this weekend.  The Golden Flashes claimed their fourth straight and 20th overall league title by blitzing the field with a 40-shot, 54-hole victory after storms canceled the final round the 66th annual championship on Sunday afternoon.  

“Just a remarkable performance by our guys all week,” said Kent State Director of Golf/Head Coach Herb Page. “Rich Harvest is a challenging golf course and our guys did a tremendous job of limiting their mistakes and staying focused to the task at hand.”

With the final round at Rich Harvest Farms flashed out, Kent State officially ends the Championship with a nine-under, 855 (283-281-291) 54-hole team score.  The 2012 Golden Flashes’ 40-shot margin of victory enters the MAC record book as the fourth largest in tournament history falling behind Ohio’s 44 in 1960, Kent State’s 41 in 1995 and Ohio’s 41 in 1963.  Kent State had extend the lead to as many as 50 on Sunday, as the teams completed half the round before the cancellation wiped out all the scoring for the fourth round.  

Sophomore Corey Conners (Listowel, Ontario) was awarded individual medalist honors after topping the field with a seven-under, 209 (70-67-72) on par 72, 6978-yard.  The victory is the first collegiate win for the Kent State sophomore who also became the fourth straight and 21 individual in program history to win the MAC Championship.  

Finishing runner-up to Conners was junior Kevin Miller (Dover, Ohio) who shot five-under 211 (70-69-72).  2011 MAC medalist senior Mackenzie Hughes (Dundas, Ontario) gave Kent State three of the top five finishers after ending in a tie for fourth at one-over 217 (72-71-74).  Hughes becomes the first MAC player since 2001 to play for four consecutive championship teams when the Golden Flashes’ Jon Mills and Danny Sahl did so from 1997-01.  

Picking up his team best sixth top 10 finish of the year was sophomore Taylor Pendrith (Richmond Hill, Ontario) also tied for 8th at four-over 220 (71-74-75).  Sophomore Kyle Kmiecik (Avon, Ohio) was having the Golden Flashes’ best round on Sunday before the lighting came.  Already three-under on the day after a birdie chip in on No. 10, Kmiecik was putting for eagle on No. 11 when the horn sounded to clear the course.  His Sunday round had gained him 10 places on the field, but due to the cancelation he settled in a tie for 21st at 11-over, 227 (76-78-73).

Kent State’s 855 was followed in the team standings by Eastern Michigan (895), Ohio (896), Ball State (899), Miami (900), Toledo (903), Northern Illinois (905) along with Akron (906) and Bowling Green (906).  

2012 marks the first time since 2004 at the Medallion Club in Westerville, Ohio the MAC Championship was completed in less than 72 holes.  Since the tournament went to 54 holes in 1972 its only the fourth time only 54 holes have been played.

Mid-American Conference Player of the Year: Corey Conners, Kent State

Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year: Chris Selfridge, Toledo

Earl Yestingmeier Sportsmanship Award: Scott Landreth, Akron

Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year: Herb Page, Kent State

MAC All-Tournament Team
Charlie Bull, Akron
Corey Conners, Kent State
Mackenzie Hughes, Kent State
Kevin Miller, Kent State
Chris Selfridge, Toledo

All-MAC First Team
Charlie Bull, Akron
Tyler Merkel, Ball State
Corey Conners, Kent State
Taylor Pendrith, Kent State
Mackenzie Hughes, Kent State
Kevin Miller, Kent State

All-MAC Second Team
Brian Churchill-Smith, Eastern Michigan
Kyle Kmiecik, Kent State
Paul Grauer, Ohio
Chris Selfridge, Toledo