Penguins Remain Within Striking Distance After Second Round

Brandon Pluchinsky
Brandon Pluchinsky

Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla. - The Youngstown State men's golf team had a solid day to remain in striking distance after the second round of play at the Horizon League Championships at the Mission Inn Resort.

Cleveland State, the first-round leader, had a strong performance on Saturday and leads Detroit by six shots. The Penguins, who had a second-round score of 300, are third with a two-round total of 605. CSU stands at 593 while the Titans are at 599. Valparaiso sits in fourth with a 609 while the fifth-place team, Green Bay, is 19 shots behind the Crusaders.

Sophomore Brandon Pluchinsky carded his second straight round of 74 on Saturday and is in fourth place in the event. He opened his second round with a birdie on No. 1, before finishing with 14 pars and three bogeys in his final 17 holes. He has a two-round total of 148 and is six shots behind Cleveland State's Andrew Bailey.

Bryan Yeo had the best individual round for a Penguin on Saturday at even par 72. Yeo was one-over on the front side with a bogey at No. 7. On the back nine, he had birdies at No. 10, No. 14 and No. 17 for a one-under 36. He is tied for fifth in the event with a two-round total of 150.

D.J. Holub sits in 15th place with a two-round total of 154. Holub had a round of 79 on Saturday. Things started off well for Holub with a birdie at the first, but was six over on the next holes. He steadied himself and was just two over in his final 11 holes.

Bill Gaffney and Mark Olbrych are tied for 19th with a two-round totals of 156. Gaffney had the better round of the two on Saturday with a 76 while the Guins also counted Olbrych's 78. Gaffney was even-par on the back nine, highlighted by a birdie on the 16th. He was four-over par on the front nine. Olbrych was just one over through the first 10 holes, before finishing with a six-over par score.

The final round gets underway on Sunday morning at 8:30. As one of the top three teams, the Guins will be paird with golfers from Cleveland State and Detroit.