Conners, Pendrith lead Kent State at General Hackler
Corey Conners
Corey Conners

MURRELLS INLET, SC - Senior Corey Conners (Listowel, Ontario) led the No. 23 Kent State men's golf team in the first two rounds of the General Hackler Championship on Monday as he fired an even par 144 at TPC Myrtle Beach in South Carolina.

The Golden Flashes currently sit in first place with a 16-over 592 after 36 holes this afternoon, followed by both East Carolina and Middle Tennessee State in second with a 17-over 593. Also close behind is ETSU (+19) in fourth and Iowa State (+21) in fifth. For complete standings, click here.

Conners finished the first 18 holes 3-over, but came back strong with a solid second round score of 3-under after carding an eagle on a par-5 and finishing the day with three straight birdies.

"This was one of the biggest turnaround I've ever been involved in," said Kent State head coach Herb Page. "We got off to a very poor start, but the last 27 holes were just phenomenal. As a coach you wonder which group is going to show up on Tuesday morning. I hope it is the team that finished up Monday afternoon when we had five birdies and an eagle in the last couple of holes. It was a heck of a finish."

Senior Taylor Pendrith (Richmond Hill. Ontario) is tied for seventh place with a 3-over 147 and senior Kyle Kmiecik (Avon, Ohio) is in 18th place with a 6-over 150.

Sophomore Sebastian Bendsen (Denmark) is in 33rd with a 9-over 153 and sophomore Kody Fry (Grand Valley, Ontario) rounds out the scoring for the Golden Flashes with an 18-over 162.

"Our players deserve so much credit. Conners hit it to five-feet, one-foot and one-foot on the last three holes and had tap-ins. Kmiecik stood on 18, drove it right down the middle, hit three-iron to 35 feet and rolled it in for eagle. And Pendrith had an up-and-down day and found a way to shoot 1-under. Those three played like you want you rseniors to play, and Fry finished with two birdies in his last two holes. It was an unbelievable way to end the day."

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54 hole men's college tournament hosted by Coastal Carolina University. Team (best four scores out of five players each day) and individual competitions.

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