Story courtesy of Kent State Sports Information
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Finishing under the darkness of dusk, the Kent State men's golf team concluded its play at the 2010 NCAA Men's Golf Championship at The Honors Course Thursday, hosted by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Junior John Hahn (Hudson, Ohio) shot a three-under 69, aided by an eagle on the par-five No. 11 and a trio of birdies on the front nine. Hahn's round ended when he drained his par putt at No. 9 at 9:10 p.m., with just a sliver of sunlight seen on the horizon.
The Golden Flashes finished with a team score of 13-over 877, one stroke behind Illinois for 20th place. Kent State's top-20 finish is fifth in program annals.
Hahn's sixth-place finish tied for the best in Kent State history, matching Jon Mills' sixth-place showing at the 2001 NCAA Championships in Durham, N.C. His three-under 69 is tied for the third-best and lowest individual round since 2001.
Mackenzie Hughes (Dundas, Ontario) recovered from a slow start, cutting a four-over score through nine holes with the help of four birdies in his final nine holes. But none was more exciting than his putt at No. 9, which found its way to the hole with the sun's light growing faint.
Finishing strong in his first NCAA Championship appearance, freshman Isaac Charette (Hudson, Ohio) had his best round of the tournament on Thursday, Charette had birdies on two par-5 holes and finished two-over with a 74.
Fellow freshman Kevin Miller (Dover, Ohio) had a triple-bogey on the par-4 No. 7 put a damper on his day, but he was able to finish third overall among the Golden Flashes and tie for 72nd in the field with a five-over 221.
Rounding out Kent State's players was junior Brett Cairns (Courtland, Ontario), who wrapped up the three-day event with a 10-over 82 on Thursday.
Kent State individual finishes
T6. John Hahn 72-70-69-211
T41. Mackenzie Hughes 74-70-73-217
T72. Kevin Miller 70-75-76-221
T128. Isaac Charette 76-79-74-229
T154. Brett Cairns 78-78-82-238