The Youngstown State men's golf team will begin its 2018-19 season Sept. 2-3 with the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate hosted by Missouri at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, N.Y. The Penguins are scheduled to compete in six events during the fall portion of their schedule. The group is currently slated to play rounds in New York, Indiana, West Virginia, Ohio and Michigan.
YSU will play a pair of tournaments in Northeast Ohio this fall, the first of which will be the Firestone Invitational hosted by Akron at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio (Oct. 1-2). The Penguins will remain close to home the following week when they take part in the Tom Tontimonia Invitational hosted by Cleveland State at Lakewood Country Club in Westlake, Ohio (Oct. 8-9).
McQuown and Standohar Provide Senior Leadership
Jason McQuown and Evan Standohar are the two seniors on this year's roster. McQuown played in nine tournaments and 25 rounds last season. He has now competed in 30 events and 83 rounds throughout his career. He 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 last October. The Poland, Ohio, native finished 24th at the Horizon League Championships last season, which was YSU's second-best individual finish of the event.
Standohar has participated in 13 tournaments and 34 rounds throughout the course of his career. His best season came as a sophomore in 2016-17 when he competed in 11 tournaments and 28 rounds. He averaged 78.1 strokes per round and was YSU's second-highest finisher (29th) at the Horizon League Championships with a three-round total of 239. The Girard, Ohio, native will be relied upon to play a bigger role this season as a senior.
Sophomores Coming Off Strong Freshman Seasons
Sophomores C.J. Hughes, Ken Keller and Kevin Scherr became integral parts of the YSU men's golf team in 2017-18. The three were the only Penguins to participate in all 11 tournaments last season and combined 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 in 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, Justin Stark competed in the first two events and five rounds of his career as a redshirt freshman last season.
Hughes earned two top-10 finishes and was YSU's top finisher three times in 2017-18. He shot a three-round score of 220 at the Titans Motown Collegiate to finish third and lead his team to a second-place finish. The third-place finish was also the team's best individual placing of the season. 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.
Keller finished in the top 20 twice and was YSU's top finisher in three straight events before the Horizon League Championships. Keller's third-round 69 (-1) at the Kingsmill Intercollegiate was the lowest single-round score for any YSU golfer last season. His total of 219 at the event was the team's lowest three-round score of the 2017-18 campaign. The Youngstown, Ohio, native also finished third on the team with an average of 77.3 strokes per round.
Scherr, who competed in the 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship at Pebble Beach earlier this month, earned two top-10 finishes last season. He was YSU's top finisher at the Horizon League Championships with a career-best, sixth-place finish. He posted a three-round 224 and was in second place after the first round of play. 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.
Three Ohioans Make Up Talented Freshman Class
YSU's 2018-19 freshman class consists of three Northeast Ohio natives. Bryan Kordupel and Brian Terlesky of Boardman and Derek Miller of Garrettsville were each standouts during their prep careers. Kordupel was a two-time all-conference selection at Boardman High School and was named second-team All-Northeast Ohio his senior season. He started playing competitively as a freshman and helped lead the Spartans to the state tournament in each of his final two seasons.
Terlesky was one of the most decorated young golfers in the Youngstown area in recent years. He was a four-time state qualifier at Boardman High School and was named second-team all-state after his junior season. He was a three-time All-Northeast Ohio selection and three-time All-American Conference Player of the Year. He was named First-Team All-AAC on three occasions, was a two-time sectional medalist and earned invitational medalist honors 11 times.
Miller was a four-year letterwinner and two-time captain at James A. Garfield High School. He posted a 36.8 nine-hole scoring average while being named First-Team All-Portage Trail Conference and First-Team All-District. He was twice honored as the PTC Player of the Year and helped lead the G-Men to a league title as a senior. Miller was salutatorian of his class and was also a member of the baseball team.
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