The fall season for the Youngstown State men's golf team featured a group of true freshmen bursting onto the scene with some impressive showings. A number of upperclassmen also made big contributions, providing leadership and experience to compliment the talented group of newcomers. The Penguins finished the fall portion of their schedule with their best performance of the season, finishing second at the Detroit Titans Motown Collegiate.
Highlights from Hughes
C.J. Hughes made a major impact this fall in his first collegiate action. The freshman earned two top-10 finishes and was YSU's top finisher in the final three events of the fall. He shot a three-round score of 220 (75-74-71) at the Titans Motown Collegiate to earn a career-best, third-place finish and lead his team to a second-place finish. His third-round 71 matched his best round of the season and was tied for the lowest single-round score of the entire event. His total of 220 was the team's best three-round score of the fall. Hughes finished tied for 19th at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational and tied for 10th at the Cleveland State Invitational. The freshman's second-round 71 at Marshall featured his first-career eagle. He also averaged a team-best 75.8 strokes per round during fall action.
A Scherr Thing
Kevin Scherr also had a sensational first fall as a Penguin, earning two top-20 finishes. The freshman finished seventh at the Titans Motown Collegiate with a three-round 223 (72-78-73). His first-round 72 was the Penguins' lowest score of the round, matched his best of the season and featured his second eagle of the year. His 223 was the team's second-best, three-round total score of the fall season. Scherr finished in a tie for 18th place and carded the first eagle of his young career at the Cleveland State Invitational, shooting a three-round 226 (77-76-73). The Nazareth, Pa., native averaged 76.5 strokes per round, which was the team's second-best mark during fall play.
Fall of the Freshmen
A group of true freshmen became integral parts of the men's golf team this fall. C.J. Hughes, Kevin Scherr and Ken Keller participated in all six tournaments and 17 rounds. Keller earned a career-best, 24th-place finish at the Titans Motown Collegiate with a three-round 233 (75-77-81). The performance was his best three-round showing of the season. The Cardinal Mooney standout's second-round 70 at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational tied for the team's best single-round score of the fall.
Upperclassmen Provide Leadership
Justin Hallapy, the team's lone senior, posted two top-20 finishes and was the team's top finisher on two occasions this fall. The Hubbard, Ohio, native has now played in 29 tournaments and 78 rounds over the course of his career. He has helped provide invaluable leadership for the group of freshmen on the team. The senior's second-round 70 at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational tied for the team's best single-round score of the fall.
Jason McQuown is another veteran who brings a wealth of experience. The Poland, Ohio, native played in all six tournaments this fall and has now competed in 25 consecutive events dating back to his freshman season. The junior turned in his best three-round performance of the season with a 224 (77-73-74) to earn a career-best, eighth-place finish at the Titans Motown Collegiate. His second-round 73 was his lowest so far this season and the team's best score of the round.
Dominic Carano is another upperclassman who made contributions this fall. The junior was the Penguins' top finisher in his first action of the season at the NKU Fall Classic. He carded a three-round total of 225 (74-74-77) to finish in a tie for 29th. The Canfield, Ohio, native posted YSU's lowest score in each of the first two rounds.
Tony Joy's squad finished their fall schedule in impressive fashion, earning a second-place finish at the Titans Motown Collegiate. As a team, the Penguins turned in a season-best, three-round total score of 893. The performance featured rounds of 297, 298 and 298 respectively. YSU sat atop the leaderboard with a two-shot lead on Robert Morris after two rounds of play but came up just short. The team had a number of strong individual performances as three YSU golfers finished in the top-10. Hughes finished third, Scherr seventh and McQuown eighth.
The team will now look to carry that momentum into the spring season which is currently scheduled to begin March 9 and 10 with the Jackrabbit Invitational hosted by South Dakota State in Boulder City, Nev.
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