Kent State Leads After Two Rounds Of The MAC Championship

Updated 5/1/2010
Day 1 Results

Round 3 Tee Times

Courtesy of KSU Sports Information

NASHPORT, Ohio -  With a second round 67 (-5), Brett Cairns helped the Golden Flashes erase a two-stroke first round deficit and open up a six-shot lead at the 2010 the Mid-American Conference Championship held at Longaberger Golf Club. Kent State shot a two round total of 578 (296-282) to lead Eastern Michigan which compiled a 584 (294-290). Individual,y Cairns (75-67=142) holds a two shot lead over teammate Mackenzie Hughes.

In the two years that the MAC Championship has been held Longaberger's lengthy par 72, 7,243-yard layout there have been just three sub-70 rounds in the six rounds of play by the field. Cairns, who shot a second round 69 in 2008, now owns two of them.

In the second round, Cairns birdied holes 3, 4, 6 and 7 on the front nine as he made the turn at four-under and vaulted KSU from a two-stroke deficit and into a one shot lead. On the back nine he stayed at even par before a bogey on No. 15 dropped him to three-under, but his only blemish of the round was short lived as an eagle on No. 16 pushed him back to five-under. His 67 is now the lowest MAC Championship round at the Longaberger Course besting a final round 68 shot by Toledo's Ciaran McAleavey in 2008.

A sophomore, Hughes made seven birdies on the day as he finished with an even par 144 (72-72) with two par rounds of 72. All-American junior John Hahn (Las Vegas, Nev. / Hudson [Ohio]) recovered from an opening round 76 with a two under 70 in the afternoon to add to a second round 282 by KSU. Despite three birdies in the first nine holes of round two, Hahn fell to two-over after bogies on No 10 and 12. He closed strong however making birdies on No 13, 16 and 17 to finish off the round which gave him the second lowest score by the field for the tournament. With Eastern Michigan's Marty Jeppesen and Miami's Nathan Sutherland tied for third at 145, Hahn shares fifth place with Eastern Michigan's Cam Burke, who recorded a hole-in-one at the MAC Championship for a second consecutive year when he holed out the par 3, 206-yard fifth.

After Eastern Michigan, Miami is third with a 607 followed by Akron (608), Ohio (614), Ball State (616), Bowling Green (620), Toledo (621) and Northern Illinois (624).

Third round tee times start at 7:45 am tomorrow with Kent State taking the course starting at 9:05 am. The Championship will commence on Sunday.