The Loop

Kent State wins playoff for final match-play spot

__PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIF.--As the saying goes, it's not how but how many. And that's all that matters to Kent State coach__Herb Page as his team's season continues this afternoon at the NCAA Championship.

Four of his five Golden Flash golfers (Kevin Miller, Taylor Pendrith, Corey Conners and Mackenzie Hughes) made bogeys on the par-4 18th during the sudden-death playoff with Florida State to determine the eighth and final team that would advance to match play. But a birdie by Kyle Kmiecik from eight feet allowed Kent to post a two-over total, one stroke lower than the Seminoles.

FSU carded a three-over score, with pars from Brooks Koepka and Wesley Graham, but a bogey from__Joaquin Lolas__ and double bogeys from Chase Seiffert and Daniel Berger ultimately costing the squad the final spot.

"We breathe again," Page said walking off the green, the color having returned to his face after a harrowing 40 minutes watching the 10 players get through the 18th. "There's life."

Only Kmiecik and Koepka hit the green in regulation, the pressure of the moment evident in the swings of the players. Kmiecik hit a 5-iron from 199 yards to set up his birdie.

As Kent State's reward, the team now faces Alabama, which claimed the No. 1 seed in the match-play bracket after shooting a seven-over 859 during the 54-hole stroke-play qualifying.



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__No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 8 Kent State

__10 am--Justin Thomas vs. Kevin Miller

10:09--Cory Whitsett vs. Kyle Kmiecik

10:18--Scott Strohmeyer vs. Taylor Pendrith

10:27--Bobby Wyatt vs. Corey Conners

10:36--Hunter Hamrick vs. Mackenzie Hughes

__No. 4 California vs. No. 5 San Diego State

__10:45--Max Homa vs. J.J. Spaun

10:54--Brandon Hagy vs. Colin Featherstone

11:03--Pace Johnson vs. Matt Hoffenberg

11:12--Michael Kim vs. Tom Berry

11:21--Joel Stalter vs. Alex Kang

__No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 7 Oregon

__11:30--Pontus Widegren vs. Robbie Ziegler

11:39--Alex Kim vs. Andrew Vijarro

11:48--Pedro Figueiredo vs. Daniel Miernicki

11:57--Anton Arboleda vs. Eugene Wong

12:06 p.m.--Patrick Cantlay vs. Jonathan Woo

__No. 3 Texas vs. No. 6 Washington

__12:15--Toni Hakula vs. Charlie Hughes

12:24--Cody Gribble vs. Trevor Simsby

12:33--Dylan Frittelli vs. Cheng-Tsung Pan

12:42--Jordan Spieth vs. Ty Chambers

12:51--Julio Vegas vs. Chris Williams