Men's Golf Claims Second Straight Tournament Title

Bill Gaffney
Bill Gaffney

Huntington, W. Va. - The Youngstown State men's golf team claimed its second straight tournament title winning the Joe Feagnes Marshall Invitational which concluded on Tuesday. The Penguins beat Cincinnati by five shots in the 54-hole tournament at the Cuyan Golf and Country Club.

YSU was tied for second place following the first round after carding a 284 behind Cleveland State. However, the Guins shot a 281 to end day one and take a five shot lead over the Bearcats. On Tuesday, both YSU and Cincinnati shot rounds of 286 and the Guins were also able to hold off charges by William and Mary, Radford and Eastern Kentucky to claim their second crown in as many tournaments.

The Penguins had a three-round score of 851 (one-under par) while the Bearcats had an 856. William & Mary finished third with an 860, Radford was fourth at 861 and Eastern Kentucky was fifth.

It marks the first time since 1998-99 that the Guins have multiple tournaments in the same year. It is also the first time as a Division I program the Guins have won consecutive events.

Leading the charge were Bill Gaffney, D.J. Holub and Brandon Pluchinsky who all placed in the top six.

Gaffney finished second with a four-under par 209, three shots behind Bowling Green's Jose Narro. Gaffney opened with a 67 to be the first-round leader before carding carding 71s in his final two rounds.

Holub tied two other golfers for third with a three-round total of 211. He carded a par of 70s on Monday and shot a 71 on Tuesday.

Pluchinsky finished sixth with a total of 212. He opened the event with a 72 before coming back strong with a second-round 68. On Tuesday he had a final round 72.

Sophomore Steven Sveda finished 39th with three solid rounds of 75, 73 and 72 for a total of 220. Justin Hallapy (75-73-76) and Bryan Yeo (77-72-75) tied for 56th place with 224's.

The Guins will go for three straight tournament wins later this month (Sept. 29-30) at the Cleveland State Invitational.