Kent State Men’s Head Golf Coach Jon Mills was recently inducted into the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame.
Mills was an All-American player for the Golden Flashes under legendary head coach Herb Page, and later played on the PGA Tour. During his professional playing days, Mills had victories at the Manitoba MTS Classic, Canadian Tour of Merit, Toledo Open, Western Pennsylvania Open, Boise Open and the 2005 Canadian PGA Championship.
“Obviously that means a lot to me,” Mills said. “As a junior golfer, you dream of what you want to do, and it shows that what I’ve done in the game justifies those dreams.”
Mills is the second member of his family to enter the hall, joining his father Jeff as part of Ontario golf history. “My parents introduced me to golf and were very supportive throughout my career,” he said. “They were always there for me when I was struggling, and they got me started at a time when I didn’t really have much support. It’s special to have people like that in your area, and it’s very special to be inducted into the hall of fame with my dad.”
Mills will begin his fourth season as leader of the Flashes on Sept. 4, when the 2022-23 season opener opens at the Fighting Irish Classic in South Bend, Ind.
Three Flashes named All-American Scholars
Kent State Cade Breitenstine, Luca Civello and Josh Gilkison were named 2021-22 Srixon/Cleveland Golf NCAA Division I All-American Scholars. Breitenstine and Gilkison were All-Mid-American Conference first-team selections, while Civello recorded a pair of top-15 finishes last season.
To be eligible, players must be a sophomore, junior, or senior both academically and athletically, participate in 50% of their team’s rounds, have a stroke average of less than 76, and maintain a GPA of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and in good standing at their college or university.
Vance named to Wuerffel Trophy watch list
Kent State wide receiver Isaac Vance was named to the Wuerffel Trophy Award Watch List for the second consecutive season. The Wuerffel Trophy is named after Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel and is college football’s premier award for community service.
Vance currently serves as the chair of the Kent State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, serves on the MAC and NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committees, and serves on the DI Football Oversight Committee. He is also president of the Kent State chapter for Uplifting Athletes, an organization that raises funds for rare disease research. Vance is a member of the MAC’s Name, Image and Likeness Task Force and is a Kent State Student Ambassador.
Cephas nominated for two national awards
Kent State wide receiver Dante Cephas was named to the Biletnikoff (Nation’s Top Receiver) and Walter Camp Award (College Football Player of the Year) watch lists.
Cephas finished the 2021 season with 82 catches for 1,240 yards, earning first-team All-MAC recognition. He became the first KSU player to go for 1,000 yards since 1997.
Gates named assistant coach of Oregon men’s basketball team
Former Kent State Standout Guard Doors of Armon was named an assistant coach at Oregon under head coach Dana Altman. Gates served as an assistant coach at Nebraska for the past four seasons, following stints at Florida, Northwestern, Loyola Chicago and TCU.
Gates was a four-year winner for the Flashes from 2003 to 2007, scoring 804 career points. He averaged 12 points per game and hit 11 of 15 3-pointers while helping Kent State win the 2006 MAC Tournament Championship.
Gates began his coaching career in Western Kentucky in 2007, then spent two seasons on the Flashes bench under Geno Ford. He joined the TCU staff in 2010 under head coach Jim Christian, his head coach at Kent State who is now an assistant for the Flashes under head coach Rob Senderoff.
Conners, Pendrith and Hughes set to make FedExCup playoffs
Former Kent State Golf Stars Corey Conners and Taylor Pendrith continue to cash large checks on the PGA Tour.
Pendrith recorded his fifth consecutive top 13 last weekend, tied for 13e at the Wyndham Championship held at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. Pendrith was 11 under in his final three rounds to finish 10 under for the event, pocketing $123,187. Pendrith earned $1,879,490 in his first full season on the PGA Tour despite missing nearly four months with a rib injury. He currently rests in 62n/a place in the FedExCup rankings.
Conners tied for 21st at the Wyndham Championship, winning $73,608. He has earned $3,221,840 on the PGA Tour this season and sits 31st in the FedEx Cup standings.
Another former Kent State star Mackenzie Hughes also qualified for the FedEx Cup playoffs, which begin with the St. Jude Championship Thursday through Sunday at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee. Despite missing the cup in his last four tournaments, Hughes is still 48 years old.e in the FedExCup standings and earned $2,200,582 this season.
The top 70 players after this weekend’s event qualify for the next round of the FedExCup playoffs.
Lauer and Chafin enjoying strong seasons in MLB
Former Kent State Star Pitchers Eric Lauer and Andre Chafin are both enjoying exceptional 2022 seasons with the respective MLB clubs.
Lauer entered the action this week 8-3 with a 3.59 ERA as a starter for the Milwaukee Brewers. The 27-year-old southpaw has thrown 112.2 innings in 20 starts this season, allowing 97 hits and 40 walks while striking out 111.
Chafin, a 32-year-old relief pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, was mentioned in trade rumors before the recent deadline but ended up staying put. He’s 0-1 with a 2.23 ERA this season, pitching 36.1 innings in 41 appearances with 44 strikeouts.
Former Kent State defensive backs Murray and Parker compete in CFL
Former Kent State Notable Defensive Back Najee Murray continues to shine in the CFL as a member of the Montreal Alouettes. Murray has 28 defensive tackles in the first seven games this season and intercepted his first assist of the year in an Aug. 4 loss to Winnipeg.
Murray is in his fourth season with Montreal.
Former Flashes teammate Jamal Parker, also a defensive back, is in his first season with Winnipeg. He has three special teams tackles in four games.