KSU’s senior golfer Kevin Miller earns first collegiate victory
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Kent State senior golfer Kevin Miller captured his first career victory on Tuesday at the Inverness Intercollegiate held in Toledo, finishing in a tie atop the leader board with a 2-over 215.
The Golden Flashes were also able to rally late in the final round, and the team secured a tie for second place with both Florida State and North Texas. Miller, a senior from Dover, Ohio, was the second Kent State golfer in just over a week to win a tournament for the Flashes. Junior Corey Conners also won the Gopher Invitational on Sept. 10.
“I couldn’t be happier for him,” said head coach Herb Page regarding Miller’s victory. “He’s been a big part of our team for all four years he’s been here.”
Miller impressed in the first round of the tournament, finishing with a 5-under 66 after double-bogeying early in the round.
The senior struggled in the second round after posting a 4-over 75, but was able to manage windy conditions and land the win with a final round 74.
“I thought I was out of the picture after my second round,” Miller said. “It’s definitely nice to get a win. It gives me a lot of confidence moving forward.”
Also playing well for the Flashes was junior Taylor Pendrith. He finished just one stroke behind Miller with a 216 total.
Pendrith was a key component of the Flashes’ surge into second place Tuesday, as the junior birdied his final three holes and finished with a final round best 69.
No other player in the 63-man field broke 72 in Tuesday’s final round.
Conners turned in another solid performance finishing tied for 15th with a 7-over 220.
Freshman Ryan Troyer and junior Kyle Kmiecik rounded out the Flashes scoring, finishing with a 228 and 232, respectively.
Sophomore Taylor Zoller competed as an individual and posted a 74 in his final round and finished tied for 33rd.
Kent State will face its toughest test yet at the Golfweek/PING Preview. The tournament boasts the top-15 teams in the country, with the Flashes heading in at No. 13.
Page said he believes his golfers are up to the challenge.
“I think we’ll really be judged this weekend,” Page said. “Obviously we belong there.”