Penguins Come Up Just Shy of Third Straight Tournament Title

Bill Gaffney
Bill Gaffney

Aurora, Ohio - Mother nature was unkind to the Youngstown State men's golf team on Tuesday wiping out the final round of the Cleveland State Invitational at the Barrington Country Club leaving the Penguins one stroke shy of winning a third consecutive tournament.

YSU posted a two-round score of 580 at the event and was within one shot of Appalachian State following Monday's second round. However, on Tuesday, an hour-long heavy downpour made the course unplayable to end any hopes of completing the third and final round.

Both the Penguins and Mountaineers were tied for fifth place after opening round 293's. YSU and ASU were six shots behind Wright State following the first round. But in the second round, Appalachian State had a 286 while the Guins carded a 287 to finish one shot behind. Wright State finished third with a 581, Detroit was fourth with a 584 while Oakland and Robert Morris tied for fifth at 588.

Bill Gaffney and Brandon Pluchinsky led the way by finishing in the top 10. Gaffney was tied for the first round lead with Evansville's Tyler Gray after both carded three-under-par 69's. Gaffney ended the tournament in third place with a 142 following a second-round 73.

Pluchinsky shot a pair of even-par 72's and his total of 144 put him in ninth place. Steven Sveda opened with a 77 before firing a 70 on his second round and posted a 17th-place finish with his 147. Also for the Guins, Bryan Yeo finished 27th with a 149 (75-74) and D.J. Holub was 31st with a 150 (78-72).

Competing as individuals were Thomas Lydic and Justin Hallapy who both finished 48th with a 153. Lydic had rounds of 77 and 76 while Hallapy had a 78 and a 75.

The Penguins are back in action Oct. 6-7 at the UC Bearcats Invitational.