Sheboygen, Wis. - The Youngstown State men's golf team opened its campaign with a victory at the Whistling Straight Intercollegiate hosted by Loyola at the Whistling Straits Irish Black Course which concluded on Tuesday.
The Penguins had the lead after each round and finished the tournament with an 886 to win by six shots. Valparaiso finished second with an 894, South Dakota State was third with a 910 and Loyola placed fourth with a 917.
Junior Brandon Pluchinsky led the way with a second-place individual finish. Pluchinsky carded a 217 with rounds of 74 and 70 on Monday and a 73 on Tuesday. He placed second behind Loyola's Garrett Buckley who shot an impressive 67 on Tuesday to win by a stroke.
Pluchinsky was tied with teammate Bryan Yeo for first following the second round. Yeo went on to tie for fifth place with a three-round score of 222. Yeo was the first-round leader with a 71 and was tied with Pluchinsky after a second-round 73. He carded a final round 78 on Tuesday,
Bill Gaffney and Justin Hallapy tied for 10th. Gaffney improved each round going from 78 and 75 on Monday to 73 on Tuesday. Hallapy, making his collegiate debut, also improved each round moving up the leaderboard following first day 79 and 77 to fire an impressive 70 on Tuesday.
D.J. Holub placed 15th for the Penguins with a three-round total of 231. Holub had scores of 78, 79 and 74 in the tournament.
The Penguins return to action on Sept. 8-9 at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational in Huntington, West Virginia.