Retired: Effective at the end of the spring season, Herb Page, after 41 years as men’s coach at Kent State. Under Page, the Golden Flashes won 22 Mid-American Conference titles and appeared in 18 NCAA Championships, including four top-10 finishes. He has coached 26 All-Americans, including Ben Curtis, the 2003 British Open champion. Page, a 1974 Kent State alumnus, lettered in football, golf and hockey at the Ohio school. In 1998, he launched KSU’s women’s team, which has won 20 consecutive MAC titles. Page, a native of Markham, Ontario, will turn 68 on March 16.
Died: Dan Jenkins, a golf writer and best-selling novelist whose career spanned nearly 70 years – typewriter to Twitter – and includes membership in the World Golf Hall of Fame, on March 7. He was 90. Jenkins, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, played college golf at his hometown Texas Christian and traces his golf coverage to the days of fellow Fort Worth residents Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson. Jenkins wrote for the Fort Worth Press and Dallas Times Herald before joining Sports Illustrated, for which he covered golf and college football. In recent decades, he wrote for Golf Digest. Jenkins authored 23 books, including “Semi-Tough” and “Dead Solid Perfect.”
Qualified: For the British Open, Sungjae Im, Keith Mitchell and Sung Kang, based on their top-10 finishes at the Arnold Palmer Invitational (scores). Im tied for third, and Mitchell and Kang finished T-6 at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Fla., to earn spots via the Open Qualifying Series. The British Open will be played July 18-21 at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.