Kent State Remains In Contention At NCAA Championship

Updated 5/30/2008

Story courtesy of Kent State Sports Information

 

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.  ? After a second round 297 this afternoon, the Kent State men’s golf team finds itself nine strokes off the lead at the NCAA Championship.  Led today by a one-under 71 from freshman John Hahn (Hudson, Ohio / Hudson), the Golden Flashes were nine-over on the day and sit nine stokes ahead of the 15 team, 54-hole cutline. 

 

“I’m proud of the way our guys hung in there today after a shaky start,” said Head Coach Herb Page, “We started to make a few birdies and were right there until the last couple of holes.  We’re still in a very good position, we’re just taking it day by day, so we’ll see what tomorrow brings.”

 

After yesterday’s 11-over 83, Hahn gained 56 spots on the field with his 15th round of par or better this season.  With a double-bogey on hole No. 1, Hahn appeared to be in for another difficult round, but the MAC Golfer of the Year refocused and turned in KSU’s lowest round of the day.

 

“I hit a few more fairways and the speed of my putter was better than yesterday,” said Hahn, “After that double-bogey on No. 1 I started to think about yesterday, but I remained patient and put it behind me.”

 

Hahn, who followed hole No. 1 with six straight pars would finish off the day without another bogey making 14 pars and matching a team best three birdies.

 

Senior David Markle (Shelbourne, Ontario / Centre Dufferin), also carded three birdies on the afternoon, but shot five-over on the last five holes to finish with a four-over 76.  Markle was cruising through the middle part of his round posting three birdies and six pars on holes 5-13, but still finished the day tied for 10th overall at two-over 146 (70-76), seven strokes back of the leader. 

 

Lowering his day one score by three strokes was freshman Brett Cairns (Courtland, Ontario) who recorded par on seven of the first nine holes before posting his first birdie of the round on the par five 607-yard 10th.  After taking bogey on No. 11 and 12, he made another birdie on 14, dropping him to two-over on the day.  Bogey’s on 17 and 18 would end the round at four-over 76, putting him tied for 63rd at nine-over 153 (78-75).

 

Sophomore David Ludlow (Burton, Ohio / Berkshire), improved his score by three strokes from yesterday posting a three-over 75 this afternoon.  Ludlow began the day with a bogey on No. 1, but pulled back to even par with his only birdie of the day on the 534-yard par five fourth hole.  The first team All-MAC selection would make the turn at two-over before playing steady with eight pars, including seven in a row, on the back nine.  He gained seven spots on the field and along with Cairns will start Friday’s third round at nine-over 153 (78-75).

 

Despite making 13 pars on the day, senior Tom Ballinger (Mansfield, Ohio / Mansfield), finished his round with an eight over 80.  He started out solid with pars on seven of the first eight holes before hitting a rough stretch starting on hole No. 9.  Ballinger played the next three holes at six-over dropping him to seven-over after 11 holes.  The four-year senior would regroup, posting a string of five consecutive pars before posting a final bogey on 17.  After two round he sits tied for 85th with an 11-over 155 (75-80). 

 

Clemson shot an even par 288 to gain a one stroke advantage over round one co-leader UCLA.  Kent State is one stroke back of 207 NCAA Champion Stanford.  

 

Billy Horschel (139) had a field best five-under 67 today to move into the individual lead by a stroke over Kyle Stanley (140) of Clemson    

 

The the third round of play continues tomorrow.   

 

Kent State        Par    Rd1    Rd2        total

T 10     David Markle     +2    70     76        146

T 63     David Ludlow     +9    78     75        153

T 63     Brett Cairns     +9    78     75        153

T 70     John Hahn         +10    83     71         154

T 85     Tom Ballinger     +11    75     80        155

 

    rank    team    Par    Rd1    Rd2        total

1    10    Clemson    +13    301    288        589

2    5    UCLA    +14    297    293        590

3    1    USC    +15    297    294        591

4    7    Florida    +17    302    291        593

5    4    Oklahoma State    +18    298    296        594

6        Washington    +19    305    290        595

7    3    Georgia    +20    303    293        596

8    8    Stanford    +21    309    288        597

9      27    Kent State    +13    301    297        598

10    6    Charlotte    +25    306    295        601

11        Middle Tenn. St    +26    309    293        602

12    19    Texas A&M    +27    309    294        603

T-13    22    Arizona State    +28    311    293        604

T-13    36    Illinois    +28    302    302        604

15    2    Alabama    +30    309    297        606

16    26    Louisville    +31    311    296        607

T-17    17    UAB    +32    311    297        608

18    14    Auburn    +18    306    304        610

T-19    16    East Tenn. State    +37    313    300        613

T-19    33    Penn State    +37    315    298        613

T-19    23    San Diego State    +37    310    303        613

22    34    UC Irvine    +41    320    297        617

23    12    Wake Forest    +42    314    304        618

T-24        Virginia    +43    312    307        619

T-24    29    Oregon    +43    315    304        619

26    38    Texas    +44    311    309        620

T-27    31    Mississippi State    +47    326    297        623

T-27    20    Indiana    +47    313    310        623

29    40    Augusta State    +58    326    308        634

30        Saint Mary’s    +66    333    309        642