Men's Golf Team
The men's golf team has been named Kent State Student-Athletes of the Week.
Lighting and rain were the only things that slowed the 18th
ranked Kent State men's golf team at the Mid-American Conference
Championship this weekend. The Golden Flashes claimed their fourth
straight and 20th overall league title by blitzing the field with a
40-shot, 54-hole victory after storms canceled the final round the
66th annual championship on Sunday afternoon.
With the final round at Rich Harvest Farms flashed out, Kent State officially ends the Championship with a nine-under, 855 (283-281-291) 54-hole team score. The 2012 Golden Flashes' 40-shot margin of victory enters the MAC record book as the fourth largest in tournament history falling behind Ohio's 44 in 1960, Kent State's 41 in 1995 and Ohio's 41 in 1963. Kent State had extend the lead to as many as 50 on Sunday, as the teams completed half the round before the cancelation wiped out all the scoring for the fourth round.
Conners (Listowel, Ontario) was awarded individual
medalist honors after topping the field with a seven-under, 209
(70-67-72) on par 72, 6978-yard. The victory is the first
collegiate win for the Kent State sophomore who also became the
fourth straight and 21 individual in program history to win the MAC
Finishing runner-up to Conners was junior Kevin
Miller (Dover, Ohio) who shot five-under 211
(70-69-72). 2011 MAC medalist, senior Mackenzie
Hughes (Dundas, Ontario) gave Kent State three of the
top five finishers after ending in a tie for fourth at one-over 217
(72-71-74). Hughes becomes the first MAC player since 2001 to
play for four consecutive championship teams when the Golden
Flashes' Jon Mills and Danny Sahl did so from 1997-01.
Picking up his team best sixth top 10 finish of the year was
Pendrith (Richmond Hill, Ontario) who tied for 8th at
four-over 220 (71-74-75). Sophomore Kyle
Kmiecik (Avon, Ohio) was having the Golden Flashes'
best round on Sunday before the lighting came. Already three-under
on the day after a birdie chip in on No. 10, Kmiecik was putting
for eagle on No. 11 when the horn sounded to clear the course. His
Sunday round had gained him 10 places on the field, but due to the
cancelation he settled in a tie for 21st at 11-over, 227
Kent State's 855 was followed in the team standings by Eastern
Michigan (895), Ohio (896), Ball State (899), Miami (900), Toledo
(903), Northern Illinois (905) along with Akron (906) and Bowling
2012 marks the first time since 2004 at the Medallion Club in
Westerville, Ohio the MAC Championship was completed in less than
72 holes. Since the tournament went to 54 holes in 1972 its only
the fourth time only 54 holes have been played.
Kent State's destination site for the 2012 NCAA Regional will be announced on Monday (May 7) at 9:00 p.m.
2011-12 KENT STATE STUDENT-ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Week 37 - Men's Golf Team