Conn's Victory Culminates Successful Summer for Men's Golf Program

Anthony Conn
Anthony Conn

The Youngstown State men's golf program had numerous successful individual performances this summer. Capping it off on Sunday was senior Anthony Conn who won the Greatest Golfer in the Valley Tournament in a playoff over former Guin Josh Zarlenga.

Conn tied for first with a three-round total score of 222 (72-74-76) and defeated Zarlenga on the first hole of a playoff. Conn was crowned the winner of the Pete Mollica Open Division of the event which is sponsored by The Vindicator and Farmers National Bank. Mollica, an avid golf support and former Youngstown State beat writer, passed away at the age of 66 over the summer.

Conn trailed by one stroke entering Sunday's round which was held at The Lake Club. On the first playoff hole -- No. 9 of the course -- Conn picked up a par while Zarlenga, who played for the Penguins from 2001-05, came up short.

Also over the summer, Youngstown State freshman D.J. Holub (Reminderville, Ohio) participated in the 2011 U.S. Amateur Championship at Erin Hills Golf Course in Erin, Wis., in August. In his two rounds at the event, he carded a 161 (83-78).

The Twinsburg High School graduate qualified for the event by carding a 143 (73-70) at a qualifier in Medina, Ohio in July. Holub finished 16th in the boys' 16-19 age division with a 161 at the Northern Ohio PGA Championship, also in July. Holub also helped Twinsburg reach Division I district play for the first time in school history during the fall.

In other Penguin golf summer news: redshirt freshman Bryan Yeo finished 18th at the Northeast Ohio Amateur Champhionships with a four-round total of 308. Conn placed 21st at the Ohio Amateur Championships carding a four-round total of 297 while Yeo was 39th with a 305.

Yeo finished fourth with a two-round 139 in the Greater Cleveland Amateur Golf Championships at the Big Met Golf Course. At the Mid-Ohio Golf Association Invitational, Yeo was tied for fourth with a 141 while YSU sophomore Mark Olbrych finished 30th with a 148 at the Hickory Flat Greens Golf Course in West Lafayette.

Also in the women's competition at the Greatest Golfer Tournament, former Penguin Katie Rogner ran away with the title carding a three-round total of 218 to win by 18 shots.