Strong showing for Holt at General Hackler Championship

Amanda Levine

Ian Holt led the Kent State men’s golf team in the individual rankings in the General Hackler Championship, tying for 15th while the Flashes placed sixth out of 15 teams.

Gisli Sveinbergsson tied for 35th in the tournament with three other athletes, including teammate Chase Johnson. Josh Gilkison tied for 45th, Will Kurtz tied for 51st and Bjarki Petursson tied for 53rd in the tournament.

Holt moved up 23 spots throughout the tournament after a rough first round. He ended the final day at -5.

Johnson built up more momentum at the end as well and moved up 10 spots in the rankings after placing 45th after the first day.

Sveinbergsson had the most birdies out of the Flashes, finishing fourth in the tournament with 12. Holt was right behind him, tying for sixth with 10 birdies over the championship’s two days.

The Flashes averaged a score of 4.75 on the par 5s throughout the tournament, falling behind only Texas A&M and Virginia.

Georgia Tech went on to win the tournament, followed closely by Texas A&M. Both teams are currently ranked in the top 10 of the NCAA men’s golf rankings.

Kent State finished ahead of universities that are ranked higher than them in the NCAA rankings. In the final day of the tournament, Kent State moved up four spots, moving from 10th to sixth place, passing No. 23 North Florida and No. 26 South Carolina.  

The Flashes will look to continue their success March 25-27 at the Hootie at Bulls Bay tournament, hosted by the College of Charleston at Bulls Bay Golf Club.

Amanda Levine is a sports reporter. Contact her at [email protected].