Kent State men are only Ohio team to play in NCAA Finals
America’s beat mid-major just falls short of match play format.
STILLWATER, Okla.- The No. 29 Kent State men’s golf team finished its run at the NCAA National Championship with a 10th place finish at 19-over par score of 1,171 (288-291-293-299). The Flashes finished two strokes back of eighth-place Texas A&M.
“That was a tough day for our guys and certainly not the way we wanted our season to end,” said Kent State head coach Herb Page. ” We are disappointed with the outcome, but we finished at No. 10 among a lot of great teams. I think the golf course was really tough today and there were a lot of high scores and we just didn’t make enough birdies. I’m proud of this team and this season and the way they competed. The Flashes battled right to the end. Hats off to the two unbelievable seniors who competed, Ian Holtand Chase Johnson. They gave this team great leadership throughout their time at Kent and are just incredible golfers. We will find a way to move forward and get back here next year.”
For the tournament, senior Chase Johnson finished in a tie for 15th at even-par 288. Johnson carded a fourth-round score of 2-over par 74. He completed the round with three birdies and eagled for the second-time of the tournament.
Ian Holt and Bjarki Petursson both finished in a tie for 37th at 7-over par 295. Holt fired a 1-over par 73 in today’s round and went 15 holes for par or less with two birdies. Petursson finished the day at 3-over par 75 with one birdie.
Teammates Josh Gilkison and Gisli Sveinbergsson both carded a 77 (+5) for the day. Gilkison finished the tournament in a tie for 57th at 12-over par 300 and Sveinbergsson settled in a tie for 69th at 16-over par 304.
Karsten Creek played exceptionally tough on Monday, with no team finishing under par on the day. Kent State entered the last day of play with 47 total birdies, but the Flashes could only muster up 10 birdies combined to go along with the one eagle in their fourth round.
Oklahoma State won the stroke-play portion of the event with an even-par, 1,152 (287-285-285-295) to earn the number one seed for match play, which begins Tuesday morning. The Cowboys will be joined by Duke, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Auburn, Alabama, Texas, and Texas A&M.
Broc Everett of Augusta edged out Auburn’s Brandon Mancheno in a playoff to win the NCAA individual title.
10. Kent State- 288-291-293-299=1171
T15 Chase Johnson-68-71-75-74=288
T37 Ian Holt-73-73-76-73=295
T37 Bjarki Petursson– 76-74-70-75=295
T57 Josh Gilkison– 71-75-77-77=300
T69 Gisli Sveinbergsson– 82-73-72-77=304