NOTRE DAME, Ind. ' The Kent State University mens golf team held the lead through two rounds of the Notre Dame Invitational/Central Regional Preview and held on to the lead in todays (Sept. 19) final round to claim its first team championship since winning the MAC Championship in 2003. The Golden Flashes shot 11-over 291 in the final round, beating out second place Michigan State by two strokes, which made a run at the Flashes today after trailing by 14 shots going into the final round.
Junior Ryan Yip also won the individual championship, firing a 1-under 209, which included two rounds in the 60s. Yip carded a 1-under 69 today, to claim his second individual crown and first since winning the Kepler Intercollegiate last spring. It was the first time Yip recorded two rounds below 70 in a tournament.
Senior Steve Lohmeyer, the leader after the second round, faded with an 80 in the final round, but still managed to finish tied for ninth, his best finish since a similar result last fall at the Country Club of Louisiana Intercollegiate. Lohmeyer shot rounds of 69-70-80 for a 9-over 219.
Todays final round was played at Warren Golf Course, a par-70, 7,011-yard track. Notre Dame will host the 2005 NCAA Central Regional at Warren in May 2005.
Sophomore Tommy Wiegand, playing in his first event as a Golden Flash, secured a top-20 finish by placing 18th overall. He had rounds of 73-75-74, shooting a 12-over total. Senior Peter Laws put together his best round of the tournament today, shooting an even-par 70, closing with rounds of 78-76-70. He tied for 23rd at 14-over par. Sophomore Marc Bourgeois, making his first start this season for Kent State after playing last weekend in the Bell Canadian Open, placed tied for 50th with rounds of 77-77-78=232.
Kent State Individuals Rounds=Total Score
1. Ryan Yip 68-72-69=209 (-1)
T-9. Steve Lohmeyer 69-70-80=219 (+9)
18. Tommy Wiegand 73-75-74=222 (+12)
T-23. Peter Laws 78-76-70=224 (+14)
T-50. Marc Bourgeois 77-77-78=232 (+22)
Team Results Rounds=Total Score
1. Kent State 287-293-291=871 (+31)
2. Michigan State 294-298-281=873 (+33)
3. Texas Tech 296-297-295=888 (+48)
4. Colorado 298-293-298=889 (+49)
5. Indiana 304-294-292=890 (+50)
15 total teams in tournament