No. 12/14 Men's Golf Wraps Up Fall Schedule With Prestigious U.S. Collegiate In Georgia
With wins in two of their four events this season Kent State has climbed to No. 12 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings and No. 14 in the Golfstat.com ratings. The Golden Flashes will look to defend those rankings at the prestigious U.S. Collegiate Championship starting on Sunday. Live scoring is available on www.golfstat.com and a webcast of the final round will start at 2:00 pm on Tuesday. Final round webcast coverage.
The tournament consists of 54-holes over three days. First round play starts Sunday, followed by 18 holes on Monday and 18 on Tuesday. Kent State will be paired with Washington & Virginia for round one and Duke & Iowa for round two. Third round pairing will be determined by the team standings after 36 holes.
Since 2006 the USCC has been one of the premier events in college golf. Hosted by Atlantic Coast Conference champion Georgia Tech at The Golf Club of Georgia's award-winning Lakeside Course it is often called "the Masters of college golf." The tournament begins on Sunday with 14 of the nation's finest college teams playing the first of three tournament rounds, beginning at 9 a.m.
Unlike any other tournament in college golf, the USCC features caddies for every player and an intimate fan opportunity to walk behind the players in the fairway, with no gallery ropes, in the style of the U.S. Amateur and Walker Cup.
Golden Flashes Line-Up
Representing the Golden Flashes this week are senior Mackenzie Hughes, junior Kevin Miller, sophomores Taylor Pendrith, Kyle Kmiecik, Corey Conners.
The Golf Club of Georgia's Lakeside Course was named "Best New Private Course in America" by Golf Digest in 1991 and plays to 7,017 yards and a par-72. The Golf Club of Georgia is a private, member-owned club north of Atlanta featuring two championship Arthur Hills-designed courses, Lakeside and Creekside, which was completed in 1993. The Golf Club of Georgia also has hosted the Georgia Amateur, the NCAA East Regional Championship and U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying.
The Golden Flasheshave been up against challenging field all season and this week will be no different. Kent State helps make up a 14-team field that consists of 11 of the top 30 tams in the nation. Competing this week are: No. 4 Auburn, No. 6 Washington, No. 7 Florida State, No. 12 Georgia Tech, No. 13 Virginia, No. 19 Clemson, No. 24 UCLA, No. 26 Texas A&M, No. 27 Duke, No. 29 Iowa, No. 38 Wake Forest, No. 55 USC, and East Tennesse State. (rankings by golfstat.com)
Kent State at the U.S. Collegiate
This marks Kent State's second appearance at the U.S. Collegiate which is going into its sixth year this fall. The Golden Flashes finished in a tie for ninth place last season withs 54-hole score to 889 (294-301-294). Four of the current players in the Kent State line-up competed last season led by Taylor Pendrith who tied for 20th with a three-over 219 (72-74-73).
Sunday: Mostly Sunny. A high of 69 degrees followed by a low of 46 degrees, with a zero percent chance of rain.
Monday: Sunny. A high of 73 degrees followed by a low of 46 degrees, with zero percent chance of rain.
Tuesday: Mostly Sunny. A high of 76 degrees followed by a low of 49 degrees, with 10 percent chance of rain.
The Golden Flashes will not return to action until February 25-26 for the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate at Palm Desert, Calif.
Golfweek/Sagarin ranking: 95
2011-12 Stroke Average: 73.8
Lowest round in 2011-12: 70 Gopher Invitational (3rd round)
Lowest tournament round in 2011-12: Gopher Invitational (74-73-70=217)
Notes: Has two top 10 finishes in three events this season • Took third at the Gopher Invitational to start the year and tied for 7th at the Inverness Intercollegiate • Won the 2011 Canadian Men's Amateur Championship • Qualified for match-play at the 2011 U.S. Amateur • Member of Team Canada's National Squad
Golfweek/Sagarin ranking: 105
2011-12 Stroke Average: 73.7
Lowest round in 2011-12: 70 Bank of Tennessee (3rd Round)
Lowest tournament round in 2011-12: Jack Nicklaus Invitational (73-72-74=219); Bank of Tennessee (76-73-70=219)Notes: Has placed 13th or higher in each of the last three tournaments • Birdied four of his last at holes to finish tied for 10th at the Bank of Tennessee • Finished a team best T12 at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational that included 10 of the top 55 schools in the nation • Was a First Team All-MAC selection in 2011 • Advanced to the Round of 16 at the 2011 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship this past summer
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Golfweek/Sagarin ranking: 41
2011-12 Stroke Average: 73.3
Lowest round in 2011-12: 69 Jack Nicklaus Invitational (2nd Round)
Lowest tournament round in 2011-12: Bank of Tennessee (76-72-71=219)Notes: Has finished in the top 20 of all four events this season • Finished runner-up at the Inverness Intercollegiate with a one-under 70 • Tied for 18th at the Gopher Invitational to start the year • Shot a non-competitive course record 62 at Windmill Lakes in a team qualifer on Sept. 4
Golfweek/Sagarin ranking: 96
2011-12 Stroke Average: 73.9
Lowest round in 2011-12: 67 Bank of Tennessee (3rd Round)
Lowest tournament round in 2011-12: Bank of Tennessee (76-76-67=219)
Notes: Transfered to Kent State from Ole Miss • Fired a team season low and a field best 67 in the final round of the Bank of Tennessee to finish tied for 10th • Shot a 72 and finished tied for seventh at the Inverness Intercollegiate in first round with the Golden Flashes this season • In High School he had top 10 finishes in the Ohio State Championship in 2007, 2008 and 2009 • Ranked the No.1 player in Ohio for 2010
Golfweek/Sagarin ranking: 103
2011-12 Stroke Average: 72.5
Lowest round in 2011-12: 70 Bank of Tennessee (3rd round)
Lowest tournament round in 2011-12: Bank of Tennessee (75-71-70=216)Notes: Named the MAC Golfer of the Week (Oct. 19) after he finished tied for third at the Bank of Tennessee (75-71-70=216) • Was in the Kent State line-up at the Inverness Intercollegiate shooting a 74 • Particpiated in 10 events last season averaging 75.57 strokes per round • Shot a final round 75 and had two counters in three rounds for the team at the 2011 NCAA Championship