Story courtesy of Kent State Sports Information
GALLOWAY, N.J ? A challenging layout and howling winds down the stretch were the story of the day for the Golden Flashes on day one of the NCAA Northeast Regional. With a team score of 312 on Thursday, Kent State sits in eighth place overall and just five strokes out of one of the top five positions which will advance to the NCAA Championship.
Playing the par 71, 7,022-yard, Galloway National Golf Club, the Golden Flashes were amongst the leaders early on as the team stood at six-over through nine holes of play. After making the turn, the squad ran into some trouble on the longer more challenging back nine. The task at hand was not made any easier with wind gusts ranging from 20-30 mph hanging around the rest of the afternoon
“We played well through the first 15 holes and then just fell apart,” said Head Coach Herb Page, “We were in contention for a while then hole 16 gave us a ton of trouble and really dropped us back. The wind was tough, but it was out there for everybody. Our guys just need to stay focused and come out ready to play tomorrow.”
Combined, the four Golden Flashes that scored today shot six-over on hole 16 alone, a par five 532-yard track and then went four-over on the 249-yard par three 17th. Despite the rough afternoon, sophomore John Hahn (Hudson, Ohio / Hudson) carded a four-over 75 to lead the way. Hahn, who is tied for 14th overall, made three birdies on the front then carded five pars on the back.
Stepping up once again for KSU was senior Nick Latimer (Brooklyn, Ohio / Brooklyn) who was one-under after six holes and made three birdies in his round of 78. Sophomore Brett Cairns (Courtland, Ontario) fell in right behind with a 79 while sophomore J.P. Paiement (Des Ruisseaux, Quebec) posted an 80 despite three double-bogies in the last eight holes.
Freshman Mackenzie Hughes (Dundas, Ontario (Highland Secondary) completed the KSU team today with an 88.
No. 20-ranked Tennessee has the overall lead with a 296 followed by Wake Forest with a 297 and Virginia with a 298. No. 10 Alabama is fourth with a 303 while No. 15 Illinois rounds out the top five with a 307. Ranked No. 39 Kent State sits behind No. 34 Colorado State (309) and No. 3 Clemson (310).
Darren Renwick of Tennessee shot a 71 and has a one stroke lead in the individual standings.
The Golden Flashes are expected to start tee times off hole No. 10 at 10:10 am tomorrow.
Note: Eastern Michigan University senior Christopher Ross shot a five-over par 77 in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Men's Golf South Central Regional Thursday, May 14, in Stillwater, Okla. The competition is being played at Oklahoma State University's Karsten Creek Golf Course. Ross, competing as an individual, is tied for 41st place out of 75 student-athletes competing at the event.