Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Coach Herb Page Thrilled with Corey Conners's First PGA Tour Win

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former Coach Herb Page Thrilled with Corey Conners's First PGA Tour Win

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Conners' former coach thrilled with PGA win

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Herb Page and Jon Mills were sitting at an airport bar in Houston, wondering if the rain that had cancelled Kent State University's golf tournament over the weekend would affect their flights back to Ohio when they looked up and saw former student Corey Conners on TV.

Page, the longtime head coach of Kent State's golf team, loved what he saw on Sunday. Not just that the affable Conners was atop the leaderboard at the Valero Texas Open, but that he hadn't changed his unique swing since graduating in 2014.

"Corey Conners owns his swing," Page proudly said of the fellow Canadian on Tuesday. "He stays within himself. He doesn't hit a golf shot that he can't hit. Those are traits that some guys don't have. He's ultra confident.

"He's not afraid. The moment won't get to him."

That poise paid off for Conners, as he went on to win the Texas Open by two strokes over Charley Hoffman.

The impact on Page, his assistant coach Mills, also a Canadian, and the players on Kent State's golf team was immediate as they started to get excited texts, emails, and phone calls about Conners's win. It certainly made it easier to get over the disappointment of their tournament at Texas A&M being rained out and their flight home being delayed.

"Everybody's excited, I mean, it's unbelievable," said Page, who will retire at the end of this season and hand the Kent State head-coaching reins to Mills.

"'He was just (on the team). I think that makes it even more special. People know him. They know everybody, it's a small college town. People know him."

One of the benefits of Conners's win is that he will be in the field of the Masters on Thursday. The Listowel, Ont., native and Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont., are the only two Canadians playing in the first major of the men's golf season. …

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