The Kent State men’s golf team is set to tee off today at 12:35 as part of the NCAA Central Regional competition at the Ohio State University Scarlet Golf Course. The top 10 teams and two individuals will advance to the NCAA Championships May 28-31 at the Kampen Course in West Lafayette, Ind.
After coming in second place at the Mid-American Conference Tournament, the Flashes received an at-large bid marking the school’s 21st visit to regional competition. Kent State has moved onto the Championship round 12 of those times with the last visit coming in 2004.
This year’s team features a well-balanced mix with two seniors and two freshmen. MAC Golfer of the Year and Freshman of the Year John Hahn leads the team with a 72.4 stroke average.
While playing at the Boilermaker Invitational earlier this year, the site of the Championship round, Hahn tied the third lowest score in school history at 11-under 205 (70-68-67).
Joining Hahn as All-MAC First team selections are Senior David Markle and sophomore David Ludlow. Freshman Brett Cairns was a second team All-MAC selection. Senior Tom Ballinger competed in both the 2005 and 2006 regionals.
The Flashes have five straight top-three finishes and have finished in the top five of nine of the 12 events they have participated in this season.