Kent State Men's Golf Holding Steady In Fourth After Day Two Of NCAA East Regional

Updated 5/20/2011
Story courtesy of Kent State Athletic Communications

RADFORD, Va. - No. 33 Kent State shot an eight-over 296 for the second straight day to hold steady onto fourth place at the 2011 NCAA East Regional.  Playing the par 72 Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech the Golden Flashes have a team score of 592 (296-296) placing them 10 shots off the lead and seven shots ahead of the cut line as the top five teams will advance to the NCAA Championship held May 31 - June 5 at Oklahoma State.  

With a one-under 71 sophomore Kevin Miller (Dover, Ohio/Sugarcreek Garaway), led Kent State on Friday.  Miller who placed fourth at the 2010 NCAA East Regional last season, put himself in position for another top 10 finish this year after making four birdies against three bogeys in the second round.  

"I was off to a good start with five straight pars, including a nice little up and down on the first par three (No. 5).  Then after a birdie on No. 6, I had another good save with a 15-foot down hill putt at No. 7," said Miller.  "Those saves helped keep me comfortable and I was able to take that to the back and make another couple of birdies."   

Gaining nine spots on the field today he'll head into the final round on Saturday tied for fifth and just four shots off the lead with a one-over 145 (74-71).  

"My game has been pretty sharp all spring and I try to keep the mind set of just taking it one shot at a time," said Miller.   

The Golden Flashes started the day on hole No. 1 and much like yesterday played solid on the front nine holes making the turn at one-under.  However the back nine once again proved to be more challenging as team came in at nine-over.  

"The back nine plays a little tougher especially holes 15, 17 and 18 which should make for an exciting finish coming down the stretch tomorrow," said Director of Golf/Head Coach Herb Page.  "We made a few mistakes coming down the stretch that cost us today, but overall were not in a bad position.  We were really good on the front nine again and that helped keep us in the hunt."

With a second round 293 and a 582 total, No. 4 Georgia Tech continued to hold onto the team lead.  No. 16 Duke is second at 585 (295-290) followed by No. 28 Oklahoma 588 (296-292).  The Golden Flashes lead No. 10 LSU 596 (305-291) by four shots and are seven strokes ahead of Coastal Carolina which sits in sixth place at 599 (299-300).  The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams from each of the six regional sites will advance to the finals.  Georgia Tech's Kyle Scott and Oklahoma's Abe Ancer share the individual lead at 141.

Freshmen Taylor Pendrith (Richmond Hill, Ontario) backed up his 73 yesterday with a two-over 74 on Friday as he carded one birdie (No. 6) against three bogeys on Nos. 4, 10 and 13.  He is currently tied for 12th with a 36-holes 147 (73-74) total.  The rest of the Golden Flashes round two scoring was done by senior John Hahn (Las Vegas, Nev. / Hudson [Ohio]) with a three-over 75 and junior Mackenzie Hughes (Dundas, Ontario / Highland Secondary) with a four-over 76.  

Hahn, who is tied for 28th with a 150 (75-75), made two birdies (Nos. 9 and 12) against three bogeys (Nos. 4, 15, 18) and a double bogey (No. 10) today.  Hughes meanwhile has a 153 (77-76) as he bounced back from yesterday's 77 and was just two over on the day before a double bogey on No. 18.  He finished the round with four birdies (Nos. 3, 4, 12 and 16) and six bogeys (Nos. 6, 8, 9, 11, 13 and 15).

Senior Brett Cairns (Courtland, Ontario/Holy Trinity) was the non-counter for the Golden Flashes shooting a six-over 78.  He is tied for 38th in the 75-man field with a 152 (74-78).  Kent State will be paired with LSU and Coastal Carolina for the final 18 holes tomorrow with tee times starting off hole No. 1 at 7:50 am.  

Kent State Rd1 - Rd2 = Total 
T5 Kevin Miller 74 - 71 = 145
T12 Taylor Pendrith 73 - 74 = 147
T28 John Hahn 75 - 75 = 150
T38 Brett Cairns 74 - 78 = 152
T45 Mackenzie Hughes 77 - 76 = 153

Rk* team Rd1 - Rd2 Total
1 4 Georgia Tech 289 - 293 582
2 16 Duke 295 - 290 585
3 28 Oklahoma 296 - 292 588
4 33 Kent State 296 - 296 592
5 10 LSU 305 - 291 596
6   Coastal Carolina 299 - 300 599
7 40 Virginia Tech 300 - 300 600
8 21 Virginia 305 - 297 602
9   East Carolina 302 - 304 606
10   Lamar 311 - 301 612
11 46 Mississippi 311 - 306 617
T12   UNC Wilmington 304 - 314 618
T12   Yale 313 - 305 618