Rain stops Pendrith; Phaewchimplee nearly sets school record

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Record-Courier staff report

Kent State senior men's golf star Taylor Pendrith's excitement was halted on Friday.

Becoming just the third individual Golden Flashes program member to qualify for the NCAA Championships, the tourney's first round was suspended by rain and delayed until this morning at 7 a.m.

Pendrith never even got a chance to tee off on Friday. Weather permitting, he will start at 8 a.m. today.

The event is hosted at Prairie Dunes in Kansas.

No single player completed the first round. The farthest any one player advanced was the 11th hole on Friday.

As for the final day of the women's NCAA Championships in Tulsa, Okla., the weather cooperated much better.

Kent State's lone competitor, freshman Wad Phaewchimplee, concluded her initial season with the Golden Flashes with a 28th placement.

She fired an 8-over during the course of her four rounds and nearly made history. Phaewchimplee's 288 total was the second-best 72-hole score in program history.

Phaewchimplee had a great start to the back nine after teeing off on the 10th tee, making the turn at two-under with three birdies before a birdie on her 10th hole of the day. She finished with 15 birdies in the four championship rounds with only one hole worse than bogey.

Duke finished atop the leaderboard to take the NCAA Championship title at ten-over. Southern California's Doris Chen clinched the individual title with a six-under performance.

Phaewchimplee finished higher than 31 fellow golfers that are ranked in the top 50 nationally by Golfstat, including four student-athletes that are the top 10 in the country. She is currently ranked 63rd.

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