Kent State is in position to qualify for a shot at the NCAA Menís Division I Golf Championship.

The Golden Flashes moved up in the team standings Wednesday and are tied for eighth with California, Southern Califoarnia, Illinois and Florida after two rounds at the NCAA Tournament, which is being held at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

The Golden Flashes were tied for 13th after the first round Tuesday with a 293 and shot 291 in the second round for a total of 16-over-par 584.

Alabama leads the field and is 12 shots ahead of KSU.

Kyle Kmiecek had the best day for KSU with a 1-under-par 70 and is tied for 17th on the individual leaderboard at 2-over-par 144. His round included four birdies, one bogey and one double-bogey.

Corey Conners, who was tied for second after the first round, is tied for 10th with a two-day total of 1-over 143 after shooting a 4-over 75, which included back-to-back birdies on Nos. 7 and 8, but six bogeys after that. Mackenzie Hughes shot a 72 and with a 6-over 148 is tied for 60th, moving up from 98th. Taylor Pendrith shot 74 and is at 7-over 149 with three birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey.

Kevin Miller is 14-over 156 with a wild 6-over 77 that included an eagle on the first hole and a birdie on 18. In between, he had four bogeys, a double-bogey and a triple-bogey.

Today is the third and final round for the 30 teams. An individual medalist will be crowned, with the top eight teams moving on to single-elimination team play.

The quarterfinals are on Friday with No. 1 vs. No. 8, No. 2 vs. No. 7, No. 3 vs. No. 6 and No. 4 vs. No. 5. The winning teams play in semifinals on Saturday, and the final will be Sunday.

ó Staff report