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The Kent State University men's and women's golf teams are currently both ranked within the top dozen teams in the nation as they look toward the Mid American Conference tournaments and postseason play.
The Golden Flashes are usually among the best Division I teams, and their individual golfers can be found competing in many tours across the United States and beyond.
On Monday and Tuesday, a pair of former Kent State University golf team members started the Northern Ohio PGA season of tournaments with a decisive victory, carrying on the tradition they started as golfers for the Golden Flashes.
Randy Dietz, a graduate of Kent Roosevelt and KSU, partnered with Jon Mills, currently the associate men's golf coach at Kent State University, to win the one-better-ball-of-two tournament by six strokes.
That victory by the KSU alumni, now in their 30s and former teammates, was as good as it gets as they accumulated a 13-under-par on the prestigious and famed fairways of Firestone Country Club.
Next best golfers fired a 7-under-par, three teams of accomplished professionals that included: Cody Kumpf and Gary Robison of Canton Brookside Country Club, Brad Apple and Tom Atchison (of Perrysburg and Silver Lake, respectively) and brothers Mike Stone and Steve Stone, both of Perrysburg who won the Kick-Off Pro-Pro Scramble on April 10.
Dietz, a teaching professional at Windmill Golf Center, and Mills were on fire the first day of the tournament on the North Course of Firestone, firing 11-under-par on Monday. They followed that with a 2-under-par on the South Course, host of the annual PGA World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational each August.
Mills is a former Canadian professional golfer and competed on the Web.com Tour until 2015 as well as on the PGA Tour from 2006 to 2008.
Dietz and Mills have been longtime friends, as Dietz caddied for Mills when the tour member won the 2005 Canadian PGA and the 2007 Albertsons Bose Open on the Web.com.
Additional excitement was provided by Adam Lewicki of Macedonia, who was playing with former Kent State standout Steve Parker.
Lewicki aced the Par 3, 11th hole, giving the team a boost in the competition.
Also finishing in the top 10 were Mitch Camp of Club Walden in Aurora, who teamed with former Kent State Golden Flash Ned Weaver, while Nathan Tarter of Mogadore teamed with Ron DeJacimo, both of Firestone Country Club.