C.J. Hughes
C.J. Hughes
Year: So.
Hometown: Indiana, Pa.
High School: Indiana Area
Major: Finance

2018-19 (Sophomore): Competed in all 11 tournaments and 30 rounds…averaged 77.0 strokes per round…earned four top-20 finishes and two in the top 15…tied for 14th and was YSU’s top finisher at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational with a career-best two-round score of 140 (72-68)…carded a two-round 149 (73-76) at the Towson Spring Invitational to finish tied for 15th…tied for 17th at the Titans Motown Collegiate with a three-round total of 229 (77-77-75)…turned in a three-round 230 (72-80-78) to tie for 20th at the Horizon League Championships…tied for 27th at the Fuzzy Zoeller Intercollegiate with a career-best three-round total of 219 (72-67-80)…five-under-par 67 set a new career-low round and is tied for the seventh-lowest round in program history…marked the first time since 2015 that a Penguin shot 67 or below…posted a three-round 227 (70-75-82) at the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate...earned his second letter.

2017-18 (Freshman): Participated in all 11 tournaments and 30 rounds...averaged 77.1 strokes per round...earned two top-10 finishes and was YSU's top finisher on three occasions...finished in the top 15 three times and in the top 20 on four occasions...shot a three-round 220 (75-74-71) at the Titans Motown Collegiate to earn a career-best third-place finish...was also the team's best individual placing of the season...third-round 71 matched his low round of the season and was tied for the lowest single-round score of the event...finished tied for 19th at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational with a two-round 143 (72-71)…tied for 10th at the Cleveland State Invitational with a three-round 224 (76-73-75)...tied for 14th at the Towson Spring Invitational with a two-round 152 (75-77)...tied for 34th at the Horizon League Championships with a three-round 247 (86-78-83)...earned his first letter.

HIGH SCHOOL: Finished 19th by carding an 82 at the prestigious Oakmont Country Club just outside of Pittsburgh...was 17th at the WPIAL AAA Boys Championships held at Southpointe Golf Club as a junior in 2015...was a three-time sectional champion...finished second at the 2016 Class AAA Section 1 event with a round of 68 at the Glengarry Golf Links....set the Indiana Area High School scoring average record recently held by Matt Holuta, a junior at Rutgers, with an average of 35.5.

PERSONAL: Major is finance...is the 2018-19 recipient of the Jerome P. Deibel Golf Scholarship.

More about C.J.:

Why I chose YSU: I loved the campus and athletic enthusiasm. The University Edge Apartments sealed the deal on my decision to attend YSU.     

The best thing about Coach Joy is: He is like a father figure. He is so easy to talk to and has a great sense of humor.   

The best thing about being a Penguin golfer: The team. We are all very close and love to joke around with each other. The chemistry we have together is incredible.   

The best thing about going to school at YSU is: The other students. I've met so many great people that are very friendly and welcoming.   

At 150 yards, I pull out my: iron 

My favorite club in my bag is my: 56 degree wedge.   

My favorite golf course: Oakmont Country Club (Oakmont, Pa.)

My favorite golfer: Rory McIlroy

My golf superstitions/rituals are: I always pray before a competitive round. 

Person I would love to play a round of golf with: Tiger Woods

My greatest sports moment: Breaking my high school scoring record for the year.  I was the first golfer in Indiana Area history to have a scoring average under par.

Best career competitive round: 66 (-6) in an AJGA event in Kentucky. 

Hobbies: Golf, camping, basketball and lacrosse. 

Post-college plans/ambitions: Earn a degree in finance to eventually work on Wall Street or open an investment firm.