Well, the junior from West Geauga High School

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Well, the junior from West Geauga High School has proceeded to make Page look awfully good.

After playing solid golf at the NCAA Central Regional in his initial outing, Miller fired a 1-under-par 71 in the opening round of the NCAA Championships at the Grand National Golf Complex Lakes Course on Wednesday to help the Flashes secure a tie for 10th place.

"A couple of our main guys didn't play their best (Wednesday), but Brian steps up and shoots 1-under in his fourth collegiate round of the season," said Page. "That was the key. He played near-flawless golf, with four birdies and three bogeys. Just real solid."

Kent State finds itself in the middle of a massive logjam at even-par 288 after round one, just eight shots out of second place and seven shots out of 23rd. The 30-team field will be narrowed to 15 following today's second round.

Only Texas managed to pull away from the pack by shooting 16-under 272, paced by David Gossett's 63.

"Texas was just on fire," said Page. "If they keep that up, no one's gonna catch them. But I feel good about where we're at. You can't make the cut in the first round but you can miss it with a bad round, so we're in good shape."

Miller's 71 was bested only by All-American senior teammate Ben Curtis, who fired a pair of 35s and is tied for 13th individually at 2-under 70. Kent State junior Danny Sahl shot a 73 while fellow junior Jon Mills _ who has finished 11-under in his last two tournaments _ could only manage a 74.

"Ben was Ben. He'd have been even better if not for a couple three putts," said Page. "Danny was average, but Mills just didn't hit it well. He did well to shoot a 74."

As a team the Flashes jumped out to a quick start but couldn't sustain it according to Page.

"We were at 5-under early, then made a couple bogeys on 10 and 11," he said. "Nothing really special happened after that."

But Page believes his squad is capable of producing a "special" second round today.

"We didn't play badly, but we're capable of doing a lot better," said Page. "We're going to have to go out and shoot under par (today), because the conditions are perfect and the temperature is supposed to be in the mid-90s. If we do that, we'll keep playing. The guys know what they have to do."

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