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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. ? With four rounds in the 60s today, Kent State matched a school record with a 17-under, 271 at the Mid-American Conference Men’s Golf Championship to open up a 25-stroke advantage on the field through 54 holes of play. Led by sophomore John Hahn the Golden Flashes own four of the top five individual places heading into Saturday’s final round tomorrow.
Hahn, who leads the field by seven shots, posted a three-under on the back nine to finish with a 66 for his best 18 with the Golden Flashes. Even par after five holes, the reigning MAC Golfer of the Year played the final 14 holes in six-under and sits at 11-under with a 205 (71-68-66) for the tournament.
Trailing Hahn in a tie for second at 212 is sophomore Brett Cairns and freshman Mackenzie Hughes. Cairns posted his second straight round of 68 making five birdies today while Hughes shot a 69 and played the back nine in three-under. KSU’s Nick Latimer led the back nine charge shooting four under for the Golden Flashes. The lone senior on the KSU roster, he ended the afternoon with a career low round of 68 and moved into fifth place overall with a three-round total of 216 (75-73-68).
Other exciting news of the day came when Eastern Michigan’s Cam Burke fired a hole-in-one on the par 3, 190-yard seventh hole.
Kent State and Eastern Michigan will be joined by Toledo in the final five threesomes of Saturday's round. The Rockets put on a charge Friday to move from fifth into third place with a 887 (304-296-287). Rounding out the field in order are Ohio (295-298-297=890) in fourth, Ball State (307-302-285=894) in fifth, Miami (305-292-298=895) sixth, Bowling Green (299-305-292=896) seventh, Northern Illinois (306-300-292=898) and Akron (312-298-292=902) ninth.
The fourth and final round of the 2009 MAC Men's Golf Championship will get underway on Saturday, May 2, at 8 a.m. Following competition, MAC Golfer, Freshman, Coach and Sportsman of the Year, First and Second Team All-MAC and the All-Tournament team will be announced. For live scoring, visit http://www.golfstat.com
1. Kent State 294-280-271=845
2. Eastern Michigan 295-285-290=870
3. Toledo 304-296-287=887
4. Ohio 295-298-297=890
5. Ball State 307-302-285=894
6. Miami 305-292-298=895
7. Bowling Green 299-305-292=896
8. Northern Illinois 306-301-292=898
9. Akron 312-298-291=902
Individual Leaders - Top 5
1. John Hahn (Kent State) -- 71-68-66 (205)
T2. Brett Cairns (Kent State) ? 76-68-68 (212)
T2. Mackenzie Hughes (Kent State) ? 72-71-69 (212)
4. Matt Schneider (Bowling Green) ? 70-77-67 (214)
5. Nick Latimer (Kent State) ? 75-73-68 (216)