Story Courtesy of KSU Sports Information
COLUMBUS, Ohio ? The Kent State men’s golf team sits in a four-way tie for 15th after the first day of play at the NCAA Central Regional. The Golden Flashes shot an 18-over 302 as a team on the par 71, 7,419 yard Ohio State University Scarlet Course. Ranked No. 24, KSU begins play tomorrow three strokes out of the top 10 which will advance to the NCAA Championship.
Senior David Markle (Shelbourne, Ontario / Centre Dufferin), was the low man of the day for Kent State with a two-over 73 in round one. Markle, who is in a seven-way tie for 17th, began the day on No. 10 and birdied the par four, 442-yard hole. He gave the stroke back the next hole and remained at even par until another bogey on No. 15 before making the turn at one-over. Markle made his second birdie of the day on hole No. 3, but two more bogeys in the final nine left him at two-over on the day.
Freshmen John Hahn (Hudson, Ohio / Hudson) and sophomore David Ludlow (Burton, Ohio / Berkshire), are among the 17 players tied for 38th with a four-over 75. Standing at one-over thru the first three holes, Hahn birdied the 221-yard par three 13th after landing his tee shot within seven feet of the cup. Five straight pars followed for the MAC Golfer of the Year as he made the turn at even par. He moved to one-over with a birdie on No. 1 before running in trouble starting on hole three. Hahn played the next five holes at five-over before regrouping to end the day with back-to-back pars.
Ludlow also started the day with a birdie on No. 10, one of just 11 on the hole all day, but had three bogeys on the back as he made the turn with a two-over 37. He shot another two-over on the front nine which included a birdie on No. 4 and four straight pars to close out the round.
Senior Tom Ballinger (Mansfield, Ohio / Mansfield), carded an eight-over 79 after starting the day with three straight pars. Ballinger also birdied No. 18, but had five bogeys in his final nine holes.
Rounding out the performers for KSU today was freshman Brett Cairns (Courtland, Ontario) who posted an 81. Cairns had two birdies on the day, but was done in by double-bogeys on No. 9 and 16.
No. 19 Wake Forest leads the field with a six-over 290 followed by No. 3Alabama (eight-over) and No. 6 Oklahoma State (ine-over).
The Golden Flashes continue play at the Central Regional tomorrow with an 8:05 am tee time off hole No. 1.