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Kent State solid
in NCAA first round

Kent State was 7 strokes off the lead Monday after the first of three rounds at the NCAA Pullman Regional in Pullman, Washington. Josh Gilkison's 3-under 67 led the Golden Flashes to a score of 4 under, good for 10th place.

No. 20 Texas A&M leads the 14-team field at 11 under, followed by Oklahoma in second at 10 under. Four teams are tied for sixth place, a stroke better than the Flashes. Round two is on Tuesday.

Gilkison, a sophomore, recorded four birdies and just one bogey on the 7,232-yard, par-70 course at Palouse Ridge Golf Club. He was tied for ninth on the leaderboard, 3 strokes behind three players tied for first. Bjarki Petursson also broke par for Kent, shooting a 1-under 69.

The Pullman Regional is one of six 54-hole preliminary events for the NCAA Championship finals. The low five teams and low individual not on those teams from each regional will advance to the NCAA Championship, scheduled for May 24-29 at The Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas.