The Youngstown State men's golf team concluded its 2017-18 campaign at the Horizon League Championships on April 24. The Penguins played at events in New York, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Nevada, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland and Florida throughout the season. The team got contributions from a number of golfers as six different Penguins saw action in at least seven tournaments. YSU had five different golfers post a team-best tournament finish. C.J. Hughes and Ken Keller each had a team-best three top finishes, Justin Hallapy and Kevin Scherr each had two and Dominic Carano one.
YSU's best team finish of the season came at the Titans Motown Collegiate at Prestwick Village Golf Club in Highland, Mich. on October 17. The Penguins finished second as a team and three golfers finished in the top eight of the individual standings. Tony Joy's team turned in a season-best, three-round total score of 893. The performance featured rounds of 297, 298 and 298 respectively. The Guins sat atop the leaderboard with a two-shot lead after two rounds of play but came up just short.
Celebrating A Pair of Seniors
Justin Hallapy and Dominic Carano each graduated with their bachelor's degrees at Youngstown State's spring commencement ceremony on Saturday. Hallapy earned his degree in chemical engineering while Carano earned his in economics.
Hallapy played in a total of 33 tournaments and 89 rounds in his career. The senior's second-round 70 at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational was the team's second-lowest, single-round score of the season. The Hubbard, Ohio, native earned two top-20 finishes and was YSU's top finisher in the first two events of the season. He tied for 15th at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational with a 142 (72-70) and tied for 19th at the Titans Motown Collegiate with a 229 (75-74-80). Hallapy's 15th-place finish at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational was the best of his career.
Carano has played in a total of 16 tournaments and 44 rounds in his career. He posted a low round of 74 on four different occasions this season. He was the Penguins' top finisher in his first action of the season at the NKU Fall Classic. He carded a three-round 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. Carano competed in seven tournaments and 19 rounds this season. He graduates with a season of eligibility remaining after being redshirted in 2014-15.
McQuown Makes Impact Again
Jason McQuown is another veteran who provided a wealth of experience and consistency this season. The Poland, Ohio, native played in nine tournaments and 25 rounds this season. He has now competed in 30 events and 83 rounds in his career. 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 of the season and the team's best score of the round. McQuown finished 24th at the Horizon League Championships, which was YSU's second-best individual finish of the event.
Freshmen Gain Invaluable Experience
A group of true freshmen became integral parts of the YSU men's golf team in 2017-18. C.J. Hughes, Ken Keller and Kevin Scherr were the only Penguins to participate in all 11 tournaments this season while combining to compete in 89 of a possible 90 rounds. One of the three was the team's top finisher in eight of the team's 11 events including each of the last eight. The trio of Hughes, Keller and Scherr also accounted for the team's three best strokes-per-round averages. In addition, redshirt freshman Justin Stark competed in the first two events and five rounds of his career. This group of young golfers should serve as a promising nucleus for the program moving forward.
Highlights From Hughes
C.J. Hughes made a major impact in his first season as a collegiate golfer. The freshman earned two top-10 finishes and was YSU's top finisher in the final three events of the fall season. 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. The third-place finish was also the team's best individual placing of the season. 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 second-best, three-round score of the season. Hughes finished tied for 19th at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational, tied for 10th at the Cleveland State Invitational and tied for 14th at the Towson Spring Invitational. The freshman's second-round 71 at Marshall featured his first-career eagle and he carded his second eagle of the season at the Kingsmill Intercollegiate. In total, Hughes finished in the top 15 three times and in the top 20 on four occasions, both of which were team highs. The Indiana, Pa., native finished second on the squad with an average of 77.1 strokes per round.
A Scherr Thing
Kevin Scherr had a sensational first season as a Penguin, earning two top-10 finishes and three in the top 20. He was YSU's top finisher at the Horizon League Championships with a career-best, sixth-place finish. He posted a 224 (73-75-76) and was in second place after the first round of play. 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 and featured his second eagle of the year. Scherr finished in a tie for 18th 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 a team-best 76.7 strokes per round for the season and was YSU's top finisher on two occasions. Scherr's third-round 71 at the Jackrabbit Invitational was his lowest of the year and featured his team-best third eagle of the season.
Keller Comes On Strong
Ken Keller came on strong during the spring portion of the schedule to play his best golf of the season. The freshman finished in the top 20 twice and was YSU's top finisher in three straight events before the Horizon League Championships. Keller was his team's top finisher at the Southern Intercollegiate, carding his second-career eagle in the second round. It was his second eagle in three days as he earned the first of his career at the Jackrabbit Invitational two days prior. He earned a season-best, ninth-place finish at the Towson Invitational with a two-round 151 (76-75). He also finished tied for 19th at the Kingsmill Intercollegiate with a 219 (76-74-69). Keller's third-round 69 (-1) was a career best and the lowest single-round score for any YSU golfer this season. His total of 219 was the team's lowest three-round score of the 2017-18 campaign. The Youngstown native also finished third on the team with an average of 77.3 strokes per round.
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