Penguins Have Impressive Performance Against Strong NYX Invite Field

Bill Gaffney
Bill Gaffney

Bloomington, Ind. - The Youngstown State men's golf team finished a solid fourth at the 54-hole NYX Hoosier Invitational which concluded on Sunday at the Indiana University Golf Course. YSU had two golfers in the top 10 as Bill Gaffney placed eighth and Mark Olbrych was ninth.

Indiana won the event with an impressive 853 on its home course, but the Guins hung tough finishing seven shots behind Michigan and five back of Akron. YSU's third and final round was eight shots better than the Wolverines.

The Penguins had rounds of 294, 288 and 290 for the tournament. Following the first two rounds on Saturday, YSU was tied with Akron.

Gaffney finished with a pair of 69's after an opening round 77 to card a 215 for the event and finish eighth. Olbyrch has found his touch of late with rounds of 72, 70 and 74 and was on shot behind Gaffney in a tie for ninth with a 216.

In posting two two-under par rounds, Gaffney had four birdies and two bogeys in the tournament. Olbrych's tournament was highlighted by an eagle on the par-five ninth hole on his final round on Saturday.

Brandon Pluchinsky had a first round 69 before rounds of 75 and 78 gave him a 221 for the event and a left in a tie for 26th place. Bryan Yeo improved each of his rounds posting scores of 77, 74 and 71 for a 222 and 31st place tie. Trevor Jones was 70th with a 233 after carding scores of 79, 78 and 76.

In the event, the Penguins finished ahead of Xavier, Illinois State, Toledo, Evansville, Butler and Ohio. 

YSU returns to action next weekend at Penn State's Rutherford Intercollegiate.