Mackenzie Hughes and John Hahn will represent the MAC in the U.S. Open

A year out of college, Mackenzie Hughes is in his first U.S. Open. - Hunter Martin

#GOLFtion, anyone?

Assorted Mid-American-Conference sports news from the day:

φ Two former Kent State golfers not named Ben Curtis will play in the U.S. Open — In fact, Curtis didn't even qualify. John Hahn and Mackenzie Hughes will play in next week's 113th U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Both are recent graduates (2011 and 2012 respectively), which means Hughes helped propel Kent State to last year's NCAA championship final eight. A third Kent Stater is an outside possibility: Ryan Yip won an alternate spot, so any late withdrawal could sneak him into the field.

φ Mitchell Watt will try out for the Orlando Magic — A breakout season in 2011-12 gave Watt the MAC Player of the Year, and after participating in last year's NBA Summer League, he finished out the season with a team in Israel.

(This is where I fall into a MAC alum basketball hole: Watt's team in Israel, Gilil Gilboa, also featured former Miami guard Kenny Hayes as well as another All-MAC first teamer: Ohio's Brandon Hunter.)

φ Seth Cunningham gave Akron four points in the Fulmer Cup — That's three points for armed robbery and "a bonus point for waving a gun around in a smoke shop."

φ The Orlando Sentinel ranked Central Michigan #83 in the country — At some point it might be cool to synthesize all these 1-125 preseason rankings, but the Sentinel is much higher on the Chips than USA TODAY, at least. Here is where they've ranked the MAC so far:

Central Michigan: 83
Bowling Green: 85
Miami: 94
Western Michigan: 106
Buffalo: 108
Eastern Michigan: 119
Akron: 121
UMass: 123

φ Wait I thought it was a metaphor now I'm confused

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