Kent State roars back to win Jack Nicklaus Invitational

Kyle Kmiecik of Kent State

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Kent State erased an eight-shot deficit in the final round to win the Jack Nicklaus Invitational on Oct. 9 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. The Golden Flashes, No. 24 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, shot 29-over 605 (303-302) to beat the 12-team field. Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt finished second, three shots behind Kent State.

Central Florida’s Greg Eason took home the individual title, shooting 4-under 140 (70-70) to finish six shots ahead of UNLV’s AJ McInerney and Purdue’s Adam Schenk.

Kent State junior Taylor Pendrith led the Golden Flashes with a fourth-place finish, his second top-five in four events this season.

Kent State won despite playing without Corey Conners, who won the season-opening Gopher Invitational and finished in the top-15 in his first three starts this season. Conners was representing Canada at the World Amateur Team Championship in Turkey; he finished 33rd individual as his home country finished sixth.

The Jack Nicklaus Invitational was shortened to 36 holes because of a frost delay.

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