Kent State Tied For Fourth Place At NCAA Championship

Updated 5/29/2008

Story courtesy of Kent State Sports Information

 

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. ? The Kent State men’s golf team posted an opening round 301 and stands tied for fourth place, four strokes off the lead after the first day of play at the NCAA Championship. Playing The Purdue University Kampen Course, senior David Markle (Shelbourne, Ontario / Centre Dufferin), led the team with a two-under 70 leaving him in a tie for second

 

 “David has been great all year for us, so I’m not surprised he played well,” said Head Coach Herb Page, “He had a fabulous round today.”

 

Markle played his first eight holes at two-under par with birdies on 13 and 17. Following a bogey on 18 he recorded three consecutive pars before falling back to even par with anther bogey on hole four. Two more birdies on No. 6 and 7 would then move him back at two-under par, giving him the lowest round in the morning group.

 

 “I felt good standing over the putter and made the putts I needed to make,” said Markle, “It’s a battle of mental toughness out there, and you’re going to make mistakes, you just have to be smart.”

 

After a birdie on hole 10 to start the morning, senior Tom Ballinger (Mansfield, Ohio / Mansfield), worked his way to a three-over 75. Ballinger stood at two-over through the first four holes, before stringing together 11 pars in the next 12 holes. Named to the Academic All-MAC Team earlier in the day, he closed the round with a birdie on eight and a bogey on nine which helped place him in a tie for 23rd, one stroke back of the top 10.

 

Rebounding from a slow start, freshman Brett Cairns (Courtland, Ontario) finished off his first nine holes with five straight pars then made birdie on hole No. 1. Cairns would end the day with a six-over 78 after making five more pars on the front nine, including three straight to closeout the day.

 

Sophomore David Ludlow (Burton, Ohio / Berkshire), began the day with four consecutive pars before posting a bogey on hole No. 14. A birdie on the next hole brought him back to even par when prior to a rough stretch starting on 17. Ludlow finally ended a five-over four hole stretch on No. 3 with a birdie before matching Cairns with a six-over 78.

 

Freshman John Hahn (Hudson, Ohio / Hudson) hit some great approach shots early on, but was unable to finish off the holes as he shot seven over on the first nine holes. He then made four more bogeys on the back before closing the round out with four consecutive pars for an 11-over 83.

 

USC and UCLA are tied for the lead with a 297, followed by Oklahoma State (298), Kent State (301) and Clemson (301). Kevin Chappell of UCLA has taken the individual lead with a three-under 69 one stroke ahead of Markle and Tim Sluiter of USC.

 

The NCAA Championship continues tomorrow. The Golden Flashes are schedule to begin tee times at 1:17 pm on Hole No. 1.

 

Kent State Par Rd1 total

T 2 David Markle -2 70 70

T 23 Tom Ballinger +3 75 75

T 70 David Ludlow +6 78 78

T 70 Brett Cairns +6 78 78

T 126 John Hahn +11 83 83

 

rank team Par Rd1 total

T-1 1 USC +9 297 297

T-1. 5 UCLA +9 297 297

3 4 Oklahoma State +10 298 298

T-4 10 Clemson +13 301 301

T-4 27 Kent State +13 301 301

T-6 36 Illinois +14 302 302

T-6 7 Florida +14 302 302

8 3 Georgia +15 303 303

9 Washington +17 305 305

T-10 14 Auburn +18 306 306

T-10 6 Charlotte +18 306 306

T-12 8 Stanford +21 309 309

T-12 19 Texas A&M +21 309 309

T-12 Middle Tenn. St +21 309 309

T-12. 2 Alabama +21 309 309

16 23 San Diego State +22 310 310

T-17 22 Arizona State +23 311 311

T-17 26 Louisville +23 311 311

T-17 38 Texas +23 311 311

T-17 17 UAB +23 311 311

21 Virginia +24 312 312

T-22 16 East Tenn. State +25 313 313

T-22 20 Indiana +25 313 313

24 12 Wake Forest +26 314 314

T-25 33 Penn State +27 315 315

T-25 29 Oregon +27 315 315

27 34 UC Irvine +32 320 320

T-28 31 Mississippi State +38 326 326

T-28 40 Augusta State +38 326 326

30 Saint Mary’s +45 333 333