(LAKESIDE, CA) - Sophomore Taylor Pendrith finished runner-up as No. 23/26 Kent State placed fifth in the team standings at the Barona Collegiate Cup. Pendrith's 54-hole score of 205 (-11; 66-72-68) tied for the fourth lowest in school history and paced the Golden Flashes to a 1067 (-13; 343-367-357) in a rare count-five format.
In a field that featured nine teams ranked in the top 50, host and 12th ranked San Diego State took team medalist honors with a 1051 (-29) besting No. 10 USC by two shots. No. 37 North Texas was third at 1060 followed by No. 9 Georgia Tech which rallied with a -12 on Friday to slip past Kent State and take fourth by a single stroke.
Pendrith, who was three back of the leader J.J. Spaun of San Diego State, capped off his finest tournament as a collegian with a tidy 68 (-4) on Friday that included four birdies and no bogeys. It was his second sub-70 round of the toournament coupled with a 66 (-7) on Thursday.
Capturing his fifth top 25 in six events this year was sophomore Corey Conners. Conners' 211 (-5; 66-74-71) was good enough to tie him for 14th. Senior Mackenzie Hughes added a 214 (-2; 66-74-74) which tied him for 22nd.
Sophomore Kyle Kmiecik had his second lowest 54-hole score of the season with a 220 (+4; 75-72-73) while junior Kevin Miller posted a 222 (+6; 71-77-74).
Freshman Nick Scott was a key part of the Golden Flashes final round 357 as his 71 (-1) on Friday matched Conners for the team's second lowest individual round of the day. After opening with a 79 on Thursday he recovered for a 225 (+9; 79-75-71) total including counters in rounds two & three.
Competing as individuals were freshman Taylor Zoller and sophomore Jack Watson. Playing in only his second collegiate tournament, Zoller tied for 36th with a 217 (+1; 74-72-71) while Watson used an opening round 68 to highlight his 226 (+10; 68-77-81).
The opening round 343 shot by Kent State was the lowest team round for the tournament and set a school record for the count-five formant. The previous mark in the rare count-five format was a 354 shot in the fourth round of the 1991 Mid-American Conference Championship at Toledo Country Club.