Kent State Captures Its Fifth Consecutive MAC Men's Golf Championship

Updated 5/5/2013

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NASHPORT, Ohio – Kent State secured its 19th Mid-American Conference Men's Golf Championship and its fifth league crown in a row with an impressive 21-shot victory over second-place Toledo on Sunday at Longaberger Golf Club.
 
"Winning doesn't get old," said Kent State head coach Herb Page, who was named the MAC's coach of the year by his piers. "These young men work very hard. They have really big hearts, and they spent this week grinding it out in extremely tough conditions with high winds. They stayed in it and made a lot of birdies. I couldn't be more proud."
 
Taylor Pendrith converted plenty of birdies and eagles while cruising to an individual title in an 8-shot victory over Toledo's Chris Selfridge. The Kent State junior from Richmond Hill Ontario was the only player in the 45-man field to finish the week in red numbers, shooting a 7-under-par total of 281 to become the 21st player in Golden Flashes' history to win the MAC's individual championship.
 
After rounds of 70, 68 and 70 on Friday and Saturday, Pendrith closed with a 73 on Sunday at the par-72, 7,243 course located an hour east of Columbus. The league's coaches rewarded Pendrith's efforts by voting him the MAC player of the year.
 
"Winning a championships is never easy, but it helps to have a player like Taylor Pendrith go out and play the way he did this week," said Page. "He was playing a different golf course than everyone else. He just overpowered the golf course."
 
Pendrith played the par-5's in 11-under par over the four rounds.
 
Fellow Kent State junior Corey Conners (70-78-74-72–294) finished fifth individually at 6-over-par. Conners joined Pendrith on the All-MAC First Team while senior Kevin Miller and junior Kyle Kmiecik were named to the All-MAC second team.
 
Miller played a key role in the victory, answering rounds of 75 and 79 on Friday with a 69 on Saturday and a 72 on Sunday. With an eagle at the 537-yard, par-5 10th followed by a birdie at the 364-yard 11th on Sunday, he spearheaded a stretch that clinched the victory after Kent State held off an early challenge by Toledo.
 
"Very seldom do you get a senior like Kevin Miller," said Page. "Kevin has been with us for four years and we've won four straight championships. The way he coming back on Saturday and Sunday after a frustrating first two rounds was a big part of this championship."
 
Miller, Pendrith and Conners combined to play the 10th hole at 4-under par. From there, the Flashes walked the back nine knowing only a disaster would keep them from another title.
 
"We knew we were the favorites this week, and I was very proud of how we played being in that position," said Page. "It's hard to explain how to do that as a coach when the expectation is to win. We were a little tense in the first two rounds, but then we kept pecking away." 
 
Miller and Kmiecik gave Kent State two more top-10 individuals. Miller's 7-over-par 295 was good for sixth place while Kmiecik (76-75-75-73–299) finished in a tie for ninth place with an 11-over 299. Nicholas Scott (77-79-74-74–304) finished 17th.
 
Kent State will learn where it will play in the NCAA Regional Championship on Monday night.
 
MAC Golfer of the Year
Taylor Pendrith, Jr., Kent State
 
MAC Freshman of the Year
Otto Black, Fr., Toledo
 
Earl Yestingsmeier MAC Sportsmanship Award
Cameron Simmons, Sr., Akron
 
Kermit Blosser MAC Coach of the Year
Herb Page, Kent State
 
Individual Medalist
Taylor Pendrith, Kent State
 
Runner Up
Chris Selfridge, Toledo
 
All-MAC First Team
Charlie Bull, Jr., Akron
Tyler Merkel, Jr., Ball State
Corey Conners, Jr., Kent State
Taylor Pendrith, Jr., Kent State
Chris Selfridge, So., Toledo
 
All-MAC Second Team
Joe Gasser, Sr., Ball State
Alex Stinson, Sr., Ball State
Wes Gates, Sr., Bowling Green
Kyle Kmiecik, Jr., Kent State
Kevin Miller, Sr., Kent State
Otto Black, Fr., Toledo