The Youngstown State men's golf team set a new program record for lowest 36-hole performance and had four different golfers post rounds of below 70 during the fall portion of its 2018-19 season.
The Penguins competed in six events across five different states during the fall campaign. The team played rounds in Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio and West Virginia. In total, YSU golfers earned two top-10 individual finishes and three others in the top 15.
Strong Fall for Scherr
Sophomore Kevin Scherr was YSU's top finisher in four of six events this fall including each of the final three. He earned two top-10 finishes and another in the top 15. He notched a career-best, fourth-place finish at the Tom Tontimonia Invitational with a three-round 212 (70-69-73). That 54-hole score marked a career best and tied for the sixth lowest in program history. It also ranks as the best 54-hole performance since current assistant coach Brandon Pluchinsky shot a 210 at the Greenbrier Collegiate Invitational in April of 2016.
The sophomore's first-round 70 (-1) at the Tom Tontimonia Invitational matched his season and career low round. He followed that by setting a new season and career best with a 69 (-2) in the second round. Scherr tied for eighth in the team's fall finale at the Titans Motown Collegiate with a three-round 222 (73-74-75). He also tied for 12th at the Fuzzy Zoeller Intercollegiate with a 213 (71-70-72).
Hughes, Keller Shoot 67
Sophomores C.J. Hughes and Ken Keller each posted career-low rounds of 67 (-4) during the fall slate. Hughes' 67, which included 13 pars and five birdies, came in the second round at the Fuzzy Zoeller Intercollegiate on Sept. 8. Keller's round, which featured four birdies and 14 pars, came just two days later on Sept. 10 at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational. The performances are tied for the fifth-lowest rounds in program history. They are also the lowest since Brandon Pluchinsky shot a 65 in third round of the Cleveland State Invitational on Oct. 6, 2015.
McQuown Makes Impact Again
Jason McQuown paced the Penguins with a season-best, 13th-place finish in the season opener at the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate. The senior posted a three-round 219 (72-77-70) and his two-under-par 70 in the final round was the second-lowest round of his career. The Poland, Ohio, native tied his career-low round with a one-under 69 in the first round of the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational. His two-round 145 at the event was also the best 36-hole mark of his career. After golfing in five events and 14 rounds this fall, the veteran has now competed in 35 events and 97 rounds in his time as a Penguin.
Penguins Set 36-Hole Scoring Mark
The Penguins set a new school record for lowest 36-hole performance with a team score of 571 in the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational at Guyan Golf and Country Club on Sept. 10-11. YSU set the previous mark of 576 at the same tournament in September of 2017. The team posted rounds of 279 and 292 on the par-71 course to finish tied for 11th. The first-round 279 was YSU's best single-round team mark of the fall and ranks as the third-lowest, 18-hole score in program history. It was the program's lowest single-round team score since carding a 275 at the same event during the 2015-16 campaign.
Hughes led the Penguins at the event with a two-under 140 (72-68) to finished tied for 14th. The sophomore's second-round 68, which featured five birdies and 11 pars, is tied for the sixth-lowest round in school history. Keller shot an even-par 142 (67-75) to finish tied for 30th. Hughes and Keller each posted the lowest 36-hole marks of their young careers. Scherr (71-74) and McQuown (69-76) each carded a career-low, two-round mark of 145. McQuown's first-round 69 matched a career low and featured 10 pars and five birdies. Justin Stark concluded the tournament with a career-best, two-round score of 148 (73-75). The sophomore's first-round 73 was the lowest of his career.
Underclassmen Gaining Experience
With just two seniors and no juniors on this year's roster, a number of young players were able to gain invaluable experience for the Penguins this fall. Three sophomores, Hughes, Keller and Scherr, participated in all six tournaments and 17 rounds during the fall slate. That trio has now competed in all 17 events the program has played since the start of last season. Stark, another sophomore, competed in five events and 14 rounds.
In addition, YSU had a pair of true freshmen step up as contributors during the first part of the season. Bryan Kordupel played in all six tournaments and 17 rounds while Brian Terlesky participated in three tournaments and nine rounds. Kordupel fired a low round of 73 on two occasions while Terlesky's low round of 74 came at the Titans Motown Collegiate. In total, the Penguins had seven different golfers compete in at least three events during the fall season.
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