Kent State men's golf seniors-to-be Taylor Pendrith and Corey Conners finished in a tie for second at last week's Canadian Men's Amateur Championship, held on Royal Colwood GC and companion course Gorge Vale GC in Victoria, British Columbia. They finished one shot behind champion Eli Cole, a recent Texas Christian University graduate.
Conners (Listowel, Ontario), a two-time All-American for the Golden Flashes, who was also runner-up at the North and South Amateur Championship earlier this summer, led the event after firing a 66 in the first round. He followed with a pair of 70s before closing with a 71.
Pendrith (Richmond Hill, Ontario), the 2013 Mid-American Conference Tournament champion that was coming off an impressive victory at the prestigious Porter Cup in New York, opened with rounds of 69-71-69 before making a run on the final day with a 68.
Cole, who finished at 6-under, earned an exemption into the 2013 U.S. Amateur at The Country Club and the PGA Tour's RBC Canadian Open in 2014.
Kent State will battle Temple in front of a national-television audience for the second straight season when the Flashes visit the Owls on Monday, Nov. 22. The 7 p.m. contest will be televised on ESPNU and serve as the opening game of the 6th annual ESPN Tip-Off Marathon.
The matchup with Temple will be the first of five contests for Kent State as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. It also serves as a rematch of last year's Tip-Off Marathon, which saw Temple come away with an 80-66 victory in Kent.
The Flashes will make their fourth consecutive appearance in the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon (2-1 record), which features more than 24 straight hours of college basketball, and will play their first night game. In 2010, Kent State earned a 62-59 victory over Robert Morris in an 8 a.m. contest at the M.A.C. Center. The Flashes traveled to West Virginia for a 10 a.m. contest in 2011, when current head coach Rob Senderoff debuted with an impressive 70-60 win.
Kent State is currently taking part in its second week of practice in preparation for an upcoming foreign trip to the Bahamas. The Flashes are scheduled to play four games on the trip, opening Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. against Legends All-Stars.
Kent State senior forward Jaclyn Dutton and junior forward Stephanie Haugh were selected to the 2013 College Sports Madness MAC Preseason All-Conference Women's Soccer Team. Dutton was a First-Team choice, while Haugh earned a spot on the Second Team.
Both players were instrumental in leading the Flashes to a 13-5-2 campaign in 2012. Dutton led the club in scoring with a school-record 37 points on 15 goals and seven assists. Haugh was second with 23 points on six goals and 11 assists.
Kent State opens the 2013 season by hosting St. Bonaventure on Aug. 23.
Kent State earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for the 2012-13 academic year, which honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average.
In his first year leading the program, head coach Don Gromala's Flashes enjoyed their best year in the classroom in nearly a decade. Kent State followed a 3.352 team GPA in the fall, the program's top in-season mark since 2006, with a 3.36 team GPA in the spring for its best semester since 2009.
Two members of the squad earned perfect 4.0 GPAs in one semester: Kelly Hutchison (fall) and Jenny Buczek (spring).
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