Former Kent State men's golf star Mackenzie Hughes, of Ontario, captured his first PGA Tour Canada victory on Sunday, shooting a 66 to win the inaugural Cape Breton Celtic Classic after trailing by six shots heading into the final round.
Hughes, the 2011 and 2012 Canadian amateur champion, birdied five of his first six holes and four of his last five holes to card a 6-under 66, the best round of the day, and claim a one-shot victory over Vancouver's Ryan Williams.
The win, along with a second-place finish at last week's Wildfire International, vaulted Hughes to the top of the PGA Tour Canada's Order of Merit with one event to go, virtually guaranteeing him Web.com Tour status for 2014.
"To win here on PGA Tour Canada means so much. It's been a crazy year," said Hughes. "If you told me at the start of the year, after I missed those first few cuts, that I'd be No. 1 on the Order of Merit heading to the Tour Championship, I'd say, 'Stop messing with me'."
Despite not being a member of PGA TOUR Canada, Hughes has played every event this season through solid play and a series of sponsor's exemptions. He's earned over $52,000 on the PGA Tour Canada in 2013.
Junior Stephanie Haugh scored in the 21st minute to lead Kent State (4-2) to a 1-0 win over the College of Charleston (2-4) at Patriots Point in South Carolina on Sunday afternoon, giving the Golden Flashes a split at the College of Charleston Cup.
Kent State senior Jaclyn Dutton earned her first point of the season when she assisted on the game-winning goal. Dutton played the ball over the middle to Haugh, who scored her first goal of the season on the volley.
Stephanie Senn had a season-high eight saves to earn the shutout for Kent State, which outshot the Cougars 12-11 and had a 4-0 advantage in corner kicks.
The Flashes fell 1-0 to Coastal Carolina (3-1-1) on Friday. Senn made seven saves, as Kent State was outshot 15-6.
Haugh and seniors Katherine Lawrence and Morgan Mah earned spots on the All-Tournament team.
Rebecca Lee scored goals at the five- and seven-minute marks to catapult Kent State (2-2) to a 5-1 victory over Monmouth (0-2) on Friday.
Lee got the scoring started off a corner with an assist by Madi Thompson, then her second goal of the match came off the left side unassisted.
In the second half, Julia Hofmann found the back of the net twice, while Shannon Martin added a tally for KSU.
The Flashes produced a strong defensive effort, as goalkeeper Jahna Jordan only faced four shots on goal.
Kent State then kept things close in the first, but No. 5 Syracuse (4-0) pulled away down the stretch to earn a 6-2 victory on Sunday at Michigan State.
The Flashes grabbed an early lead when Karleigh Carlin scored four minutes into the game. The match was tied after 35 minutes, but Syracuse scored three goals in a nine-minute span in the second half to put it away.
Sabrina Binder added a goal for KSU.
The Flashes (1-5) went 0-3 at the Fullerton Classic, falling 3-0 to host Cal State Fullerton, 3-1 to Gardner-Webb and 3-2 to William & Mary over the weekend.
Freshman Bianca Cifaldi was named to the All-Tournament team after piling up 35 kills, 15 digs and three blocks.
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