The Kent State men’s golf team won its fifth consecutive Mid-American Conference Tournament handily over the weekend as the Golden Flashes shot 21 strokes better than second-place Toledo.
Junior Taylor Pendrith won the individual title. He was the only player to finish the tournament under par (7-under 281).
Every member of the Golden Flashes finished in the top twenty and three joined Pendrith in the top ten. Corey Conners finished fifth, Kevin Miller finished sixth, and Kyle Kmiecik tied for ninth place. Nicholas Scott rounded out Kent State’s scorecard by finishing tied for seventeenth.
The University of Akron finished in fourth place. Charlie Bull posted the third-highest finish ever by a UA player at the tournament, finishing in third place. Bull shot 2-over par for the tournament to lead the Zips.
• Kent State clinched the No. 2 seed in the MAC Tournament after a 5-3 win over Ball State in the regular-season finale.
Michele Duffy hit her second home run of the season in the top of the fourth to extend the Flashes’ (27-19-1, 16-6) lead to 2-0.
After a two-run top of the fifth, top-seeded Ball State (35-15, 18-3) scored three runs to cut Kent State’s lead to 4-3. However, Kim Kirkpatrick hit an RBI single in the sixth to give the Flashes an important insurance run. Kirkpatrick is batting .500 in the last six games, adding four runs, two doubles, and three RBI.
• UA finished its season on a high note as it defeated Eastern Michigan 2-0, but the Zips (23-28, 8-14) missed out on making the MAC Tournament.
Freshman Erin Seiler improved to 17-19 as she struck out eight in a complete-game shutout.
— Staff report