Kent State Wins Third Straight MAC Men's Golf Championship

Updated 5/1/2011
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MAINEVILLE, Ohio -
With a 29-shot lead entering the final round, Kent State coasted to its third straight Mid-American Conference championship with a team score of 292 on Sunday at the TPC at River's Bend, the third time in the tournament that the remarkably consistent Golden Flashes put that number on the board. Junior Mackenzie Hughes held on to earn medalist honors at four under par, despite teammate John Hahn, hot on his heels throughout the day, playing in the group in front of him.

The host Miami RedHawks made the biggest leap on Sunday, shooting up the leaderboard from eighth to finish in fifth after turning in the low tally of the day with a 291. Senior and First-Team All-MAC member Nathan Sutherland led the way with a two-under par 70, the best individual round of the day.

Ball State matched Kent State's 292 to end the tournament in second place, a finish that proved enough to earn coach Mike Fleck the MAC Coach of the Year honors. Alex Stinson turned in the low round for the Cardinals with a 71 while Eric Steger carded a 74 to wrap up the tournament in third place as an individual.

Eastern Michigan narrowly edged out Akron for third place, firing an 1198 for the 72-hole event to the Zips' 1200. Eagles senior Nick Carbary as well as Zips sophomore Cameron Simmons earned All-Tournament honors as they tied for fifth place with six-over par totals of 294.

Northern Illinois finished sixth (1216), Bowling Green seventh (1221) and Toledo eighth (1229) while Ohio rounded out the field in ninth (1247).

Final Team Standings
1. Kent State 292-275-292-292 = 1151 (-1)
2. Ball State 297-295-296-292 = 1180 (+28)
3. Eastern Michigan 297-300-299-302 = 1198 (+46)
4. Akron 297-298-305-300 = 1200 (+48)
5. Miami 310-303-309-291 = 1213 (+61)
6. Northern Illinois 303-304-306-303 = 1216 (+64)
7. Bowling Green 315-310-291-305 = 1221 (+69)
8. Toledo 317-296-306-310 = 1229 (+77)
9. Ohio 313-312-313-309 = 1247 (+95)

Top Five Individuals (and ties)
1. Mackenzie Hughes, Kent State 70-67-73-74 = 284 (-4)
2. John Hahn, Kent State 76-68-70-72 = 286 (-2)
3. Eric Steger, Ball State 69-71-75-74 = 289 (+1)
4. Brett Cairns, Kent State 70-70-76-76 = 292 (+4)
t-5. Nick Carbary, Eastern Michigan 71-75-71-77 = 294 (+6)
t-5. Cameron Simmons, Akron 71-73-76-74 = 294 (+6)

All-MAC First Team
Eric Steger, Ball State
John Hahn, Kent State
Mackenzie Hughes, Kent State
Kevin Miller, Kent State
Nathan Sutherland, Miami

All-MAC Second Team
Lucas Murray, Akron
Tyler Merkel, Ball State
Nick Carbary, Eastern Michigan
Brian Churchill-Smith, Eastern Michigan
Brett Cairns, Kent State

All-Tournament Team
Mackenzie Hughes, Kent State
John Hahn, Kent State
Eric Steger, Ball State
Brett Cairns, Kent State
Nick Carbary, Eastern Michigan
Cameron Simmons, Akron

Coach of the Year
Mike Fleck, Ball State

Golfer of the Year
John Hahn, Kent State

Co-Freshman of the Year
Tyler Merkel, Ball State
Brian Churchill-Smith, Eastern Michigan

MAC Sportsmanship Award
Chuck Nettles, Ohio