Story courtesy of KSU Sports Information
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Just when it looked like the Kent State men's golf team was poised to make a move on the 30-team field in the 2010 NCAA Men's Golf Championship, the rains came.
While the break allowed junior John Hahn (Hudson, Ohio) to get back on track, as a team the Golden Flashes struggled on the front nine of The Honors Course to wrap up Wednesday's second round. After darkness suspended the second round before its completion, Kent State is tied for 15th with Southern California. LSU, North Florida, Virginia and Baylor did not finish Tuesday's round and their final score could affect Kent State's start time Wednesday.
"We struggled down the stretch," said head coach Herb Page. "We just gave away a lot of shots."
All 30 teams will await the resumption of the second round early Wednesday morning. Following the completion of those rounds, teams will be re-seeded for the third round.
After a bogey on the par-3 No. 16, which was Kent State's seventh hole of the day, Hahn and the tournament field headed for shelter as a severe thunderstorm rolled into the Chattanooga area. After a two-hour delay in action, Hahn re-grouped and carded four birdies over a six-hole span. Hahn finished with a two-under 70 to lead the Flashes.
Sophomore Mackenzie Hughes (Dundas, Ontario), who was two-under and standing over his third shot at No. 18 before the siren blared for the rain delay, was on his way to a bogey-free round before a scramble on No. 9 resulted in a par putt spinning out. Hughes also finished with a two-under 70.
But the remainder of Kent State's squad couldn't get things going. Freshman Kevin Miller (Dover, Ohio) had just two hiccups through a near par round; a double-bogey on No. 15 and a bogey on the par-5 No. 6 resulted in a three-over 75. After shooting par through the first nine holes, again junior Brett Cairns (Courtland, Ontario) faded in the final holes of the round, finishing six-over at 78.
Isaac Charette (Hudson, Ohio) was also even at the turn, but a nine on the par-5 No. 6 coupled with a double-bogey and a pair of bogeys gave the freshman a seven-over 79.
"We didn't get very much out of today's round," said Hahn. "It's pretty frustrating, really."
The first nine holes for KSU showed plenty of promise. A trio of golfers (Hughes, Cairns and Hahn) tallied birdies on the par-3 No. 14, while Charette got the Flashes off on a good foot with a birdie on No. 10.
But then the thunderstorm rolled in, holding play until just after 5 p.m. for the afternoon players. Upon the return to play, the field was sluggish and many threesomes were given warnings to speed up play or receive a stroke penalty.
So what lies ahead for the Golden Flashes tomorrow?
"I don't think we've played our best golf yet," said Page. "We're a little bit off the number, so we're going to have to go out there tomorrow and get some good scores."
"We need all the wheels turning tomorrow," said Hahn. "We need to have a patented 'Kent State round' where we go six, seven-under par. We can do it."