Pluchinsky Cards Final Round 65 To Win CSU Invitational

Brandon Pluchinsky took medalist honors at Cleveland State.
Brandon Pluchinsky took medalist honors at Cleveland State.

Aurora, Ohio - Youngstown State senior Brandon Pluchinsky shot a final-round seven-under-par 65 to take medalist honors at the Cleveland State Invitational which concluded on Tuesday at the Barrington Country Club.

For the event, Pluchinsky finished with a three-round total of 208 after firing rounds of 70 (two-under par) and 73 (one-over par) on Monday. He won by two shots just ahead of Kent State's Chase Johnson and Ian Holt.

On Tuesday, Pluchinsky started on No. 8 during the shotgun start. He birdied his first hole of the day then pared the next five holes on the back nine. He closed the back nine with a flurry of birdies at No. 14, No. 16, No. 17 and No. 18. After returning to the front side he birdied No. 3 and No. 5 before paring the seventh and eighth for his seven-under par round.

In the team race, the Penguins finished seventh with a three-round total of 881 after a final round 286. YSU carded scores of 293 and 302 on Monday. Winning the event was Kent State which shot an 847, which was a 17-under par team score. 

Other finishers for the Penguins included D.J. Holub who was 38th with a 224 (71-79-74), Bill Gaffney who was 41st carding a 225 (76-75-74), Steven Sveda placed 45th with a 226 (77-76-73), Justin Hallapy finished 52nd with a 229 (76-78-75) and Thomas Lydic was 78th as an individual with a 250 (83-80-87).

The Penguins play their final tournament of the fall at the Dayton Flyer Invitational on Oct. 19-20.