Story courtesy of KSU Sports Information
COLUMBUS, Ohio ? Looking to advance to the NCAA Championship for the 13th time in school history, the Kent State men’s golf team made its move in regional play at the Ohio State University Scarlet Course this afternoon. The Golden Flashes fired a second round 295 to gain five spots on the field and move into a tie for 10th. With the top 10 teams advancing to the NCAA Championship, KSU begins Saturday’s final round tied with Indiana with a 29-over 597, six other teams are within five strokes of the coveted top 10.
“We started out a bit poorly today with seven bogeys on the first two holes, but then really pulled it together” said Head Coach Herb Page, “On holes three thru 15 we played great and just continued to move right up the leader board. The last three holes gave us some trouble and we were unlucky with a few bounces, but we made our move and put ourselves back into position to advance. Everyone is so close together, tomorrow is really going to be a shootout.”
With the Golden Flashes starting on hole No. 1 today, senior David Markle (Shelbourne, Ontario / Centre Dufferin), had a rough beginning with bogeys on the first two holes. That would be it for the front nine as he ran off six consecutive pars before taking another bogey on No. 10. Markle gained a stroke back with a birdie on No. 11 and remained at two-over with four more pars until taking his fourth bogey of the day on No. 16. The First Team All-MAC senior finished strong with a birdie on the par three, 221-yard 17th and a par on No. 18 to end the day with a second straight two-over 73. He’ll begin Saturday’s final round at four-over (73-73=146) in a tie for 14th place, one stroke out of the top 10.
Freshman John Hahn (Hudson, Ohio / Hudson) and sophomore David Ludlow (Burton, Ohio / Berkshire), matched scores for the second day in a row, as they improved yesterday’s score by one stroke recording a three-over 74. The lone KSU golfer not to bogey hole No. 1, Hahn used a birdie on No. 3 and seven pars as he played the first eight holes at one-under. A bogey on No. 9 brought him back to even par before he added six more pars on the back nine, giving him 13 on the day. Hahn’s two round total of seven-over 149 (75-74) leaves him and Ludlow among the 13 players tied for 37th
After playing the first 11 holes at five-over today, Ludlow had to regroup to carded his round two 74. He took the momentum back with a birdie on No. 12, then ran off five straight pars before ending the day with another birdie on No. 18.
Senior Tom Ballinger (Mansfield, Ohio / Mansfield), improved by five strokes from round one and gained 25 spots on the field after posting a three-over 74 this morning. Ballinger matched Ludlow with a team best three birdies today after he took a bogey on three of the first five holes. The three birdies where joined by seven pars in the middle of his round as he stood at even par after thru 15 holes of play. Despite a tough finish of three straight bogeys, Ballinger stands at 11-over 153 (79-74) after two rounds of play in a tie for 81st.
Freshman Brett Cairns (Courtland, Ontario) made the biggest improvement from yesterday with a four-over 75 this morning. Cairns looked as if he might struggle again when he bogeyed the first two holes of the day. He quickly recovered and strung together 13 straight pars before ending the day with a team best 14 in his round of 18. He sits at 14-over 156 (81-75) for the tournament.
Story courtesy of EMU Sports Information
COLUMBUS, Ohio ? The Eastern Michigan University men's golf program concluded its second day of action at the 2008 NCAA Division I Central Regional Championships in 13th place as the Eagles tallied a 36-hole score of 599 (297-302) at The Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio Friday, May 16, afternoon.
The Eagles - who are appearing in their second consecutive NCAA Regional Championships ? entered the day in fifth place and moved as far up the leader board as second place during early morning action.
The Green and White concluded the day just one stroke back of cross- county rival the University of Michigan and remain within striking distance of a spot in the top-10 as they are two strokes back of the necessary showing to advance to the NCAA National Championships.
Three Eagles are in a logjam for 39th-place, finished the second day of action with a combined score of 149 through 36 holes. Junior Christopher Ross (Dundas, Ontario-Parkside) notched the best score of the day for EMU with a 71 while sophomore Marty Jeppesen (Saline, Mich.-Saline carded a 75 and senior Graham Hill (Brights Grove, Ontario-Northern Collegiate (Indiana (Pa.)) finished with a score of 79 in round two.
Sophomore Brandon Lemons (Portage, Mich.-Portage Central) notched a 77 after posting a 76 to reside in a tie for 81st. Senior Peter Sauerbrei (Kingston, Ontario-Kingston Collegiate) rounded out the lineup with an 83 in 128th place.