Record-Courier staff report
COLUMBUS -- Taylor Pendrith's second-place finish at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational helped Kent State move into a tie for fourth as a team after Monday's final round at The Ohio University Golf Club.
Playing through an elbow injury that nearly kept him from making the trip south to Columbus, Pendrith fired a 3-under 68 in the final round on the challenging, 7,455-yard Scarlet Course. The senior's 6-under score for the tournament put him just one shot behind medalist Brandon Hagy of California.
Cal also won the team title, posting an 11-under 842 over three rounds to finish as the only program in the 12-team field in red numbers. The Golden Flashes' 2-over 286 in the final round moved them into a tie with Purdue at 25-over 877 for the tournament.
Oklahoma finished second at 9-over as a team, followed by Oklahoma State in third at 11-over.
Pendrith (67-73-68--208) made the turn on Monday at even-par before a run of birdies at the 562-yard 12th, the 221-yard 13th and the 473-yard 14th holes.
Kent State's Nick Scott (75-73-73--221) finished in a tie for 21st individually at 8-over, while senior Kyle Kmiecik (76-75-71--222) tied for 23rd at 9-over. Senior Corey Conners (75-77-78--230) tied for 41st at 17-over and Kody Fry (81-78-74--233) closed in a tie for 47th at 20-over.