Men's preview: Mid-American Conference

Men's preview: Mid-American Conference

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Men's preview: Mid-American Conference

He may be small in stature, but when it comes to success, accomplishments, honors and awards, Kent State men’s coach Herb Page stands as a giant in the golf community.

The leader of the Golden Flashes men’s program for 30-plus years, Page, a native of Markham, Ontario, is a member of the Northern Ohio PGA Hall of Fame, the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame, the Varsity “K” Alumni Association Hall of Fame and the Portage County Hall of Fame.

One might think he is hall-of-famed out.

Not quite.

Last month, the personable Page was named for induction into the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame. Along with Stephen Ross, former Royal Canadian Golf Association executive director, and Graham Cooke, a former top amateur player and course designer, Page will be inducted during ceremonies May 9 at Wooden Sticks Golf Club in Uxbridge.

Although each of his other hall honors carries its own level of prestige, this one may be the most special of all for Page, who also serves as director of golf at Kent State.

“Being inducted into the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame is extra special because of my roots in Markham and all the people who got me started in the game when I was a youngster. I left Markham when I was 18 (to attend Kent State, where he was a three-sport letterman), and a lot of people there have helped me get to where I am now.

“This is such a great honor, but I know it wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support from everyone here at Kent State and all the very talented golfers from Ontario who have come to Kent State and helped this program so very much.”

Last season, Page guided the Golden Flashes (T-19) to their second consecutive top-20 finish at the NCAA Championship. Kent State is one of only 10 programs to have placed in the top 20 in the past two years.

Since taking over the program in 1978, Page, who in 2008 was the recipient of the GCAA’s Labron Harris Award, has directed Kent State to 74 tournament titles. He has produced 82 All-Mid-American Conference players, 21 All-Americans and 19 All-America Scholar-Athletes.

This fall, the Golden Flashes won two tournament titles and finished the fall season 18th in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

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Top of the class: Kent State

Best player this fall: Taylor Pendrith, Kent State

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Past champions

2007: Eastern Michigan

2008: Eastern Michigan

2009: Kent State

2010: Kent State

2011: Kent State

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