Cole Christman, a native of Boardman, Ohio, has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Youngstown State men's golf program in the fall of 2019, Head Coach Tony Joy announced on Tuesday.
"We are very fortunate to have Cole become a member of the YSU men's golf program and Penguin family," Joy said. "He is not only the most talented local golfer, he has been one of the most outstanding players in the state over the past several years. As a member of the very successful golf team at Boardman High School, he will join his former teammates Brian Terlesky and Bryan Kordupel to continue something special here at YSU."
Christman earned First-Team All-AAC honors in each of his four seasons at Boardman and was named AAC Player of the Year the past two years. He is a three-time state qualifier and three-time Greatest Golfer of the Valley champion. He was named First-Team All-Northeast Ohio on three ocassions and is a member of the Golfweek Junior Tour Hall of Fame. He won a Golfweek Junior Tour event at Avalon Lakes Golf and Country Club in Warren, Ohio, as a senior and finished ninth at the Hudson Junior Invitational.
The local product earned medalist honors at the Cardinal Classic in three straight seasons and at the Kiely Cup as a junior. He also took medalist honors at sectionals as a freshman and at districts as both a sophomore and junior. Christman twice qualified for the IMG Academy Junior World Championships in San Diego, Calif., earning one top-20 finish.
As a 16-year-old in the summer of 2017, Christman posted a six-under-par 66 to earn medalist honors in the 16-18 age group at the South Dayton Qualifier for the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships. That victory secured him a spot in the national championship at PGA National Resort in West Palm Beach, Fla.