Pendrith closes out college career at Kent State

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. -- Taylor Pendrith birdied the 390-yard final hole of the men's golf NCAA Championship on Monday to put a fitting final touch on a memorable career at Kent State.

The Golden Flashes senior became just the second player in program history to represent KSU in the NCAA finals in each of his four seasons when he teed it up this week at Prairie Dunes Country Club.

On Monday, Pendrith shot a third-round 74 to complete the rain-shortened individual portion of the national championship in a tie for 69th place at 5-over-par.

After shooting 71 and 70 in the first two rounds on the 6,941-yard, par-70 course, a 4-over-par finish wasn't the charge Pendrith needed to make a run at the top of the leaderboard. But after a difficult start to the day, the Mid-American Conference's co-Player of the Year offered some fireworks, eagling the 512-yard seventh hole and adding birdies on three of his final five holes, including a three at the 405-yard 14th and a two at the 203-yard 15th.

"You can never count out Taylor Pendrith," said Kent State head coach Herb Page. "He had a couple of big numbers on the third and fifth holes on Monday, but down seven shots at the start of the day, he had to go for it, and that's the risk. He still had an eagle and three birdies and did some great things.

"I couldn't be prouder of Taylor, representing Kent State in the national championship four straight years," Page said. "Now he will do an internship this summer and finish his degree at Kent State. He will also represent team Canada all summer and play in some big amateur tournaments, including the World Amateur in Japan in September. He has a tremendous plan in effect, and you haven't heard the last of Taylor Pendrith. He has a big future in the game of golf."

-- Staff report

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