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On the record: KSU golf team finishes second at General Hackler

Beacon Journal staff report

The Kent State men’s golf team shot a 6-over-par 294 on Tuesday in the final round of the General Hackler Championship to finish in second place in the three-day tournament, 2 strokes behind first-place Middle Tennessee State.

The Golden Flashes trailed the Blue Raiders by 1 stroke after the second round, and took a brief lead in the third round but couldn’t hold off a late charge by the Blue Raiders at the TPC of Myrtle Beach in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Senior Corey Connors shot an even-par 72 in the final round and finished the tournament at even par to tie for medalist honors with Coastal Carolina’s Andrew Dorn.

Senior Taylor Pendrith finished in third place, 1 shot behind the leaders after shooting a 2-under-par 70 in the final round.

Kyle Kmiecik and Sebastian Bendson each finished tied for 38th place, and Kody Fry finished tied for 46th.

• The University of Akron men’s golf team finished the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate in 16th place on Tuesday at the Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, S.C.

The Zips shot a final-round score of 36-over-par 316 to end the tournament with a score of 72-over-par 912.

J.B. Williams led the Zips with a 17-over-par 227 to finish in 52nd place.


University of Akron sophomore Jake Kretzer was named 2014 Mid-American Conference Sixth Man of the Year on Tuesday.

Kretzer is the fourth Zip to earn the honor, following Quincy Diggs (2102), Brett McKnight (2009) and Cedrick Middleton (2007).

Kretzer appeared in 26 games this season for the Zips and averaged 7.8 points per game and 3.0 rebounds per game.

Kretzer averaged 8.7 points per game during MAC play and finished with a career-high 25 points and seven rebounds in a Jan. 22 game against Eastern Michigan.


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