Record-Courier staff report
LAFAYETTE, La. -- The Kent State men's golf team opened the spring portion of the 2012-13 season by finishing fourth out of 14 teams at the 28th annual Louisiana Classics, which concluded Tuesday at Oakbourne Country Club.
The Golden Flashes wound up tied for fourth with Tulsa at 13-over, one stroke behind third-place Houston and just two behind second-place LSU, ranked 14th in the country. Illinois won the event by eight shots.
Overall, Kent State coach Herb Page was pleased with his team's performance.
"Fourth place is very acceptable. A lot of good things happened," said Page. "This time of year you've just gotta focus on the positive. We had a few things not go so well today but we hung in there. Right at the end we made a couple mistakes and could have snuck into second, but we were very competitive all week which is great."
The Golden Flashes closed with a final round 2-over 290 behind sophomore Taylor Zoller, who fired a career best 3-under 69 that featured a 3-under 33 on the back nine.
"We may have found our fifth man," said Page of Zoller.
Junior Taylor Pendrith shot a 1-over 73 in the final round and finished the tournament in a tie for seventh at even-par thanks in part to a 2-under 70 in the second round, when KSU shot 1-under as a team.
Senior Kevin Miller also shot 73 on Tuesday and finished in a tie for 13th individually at 2-over. Junior All-American Corey Connors shot a pair of 3-over 75s, along with an even-par 72 in the middle round.
Kent State will be back in action March 11-12 at the General Hackler in Myrtle Beach, S.C.