Men's Golf Begins Play at Horizon League Championships on Sunday

C.J. Hughes (Photo by Derek Skinner)
C.J. Hughes (Photo by Derek Skinner)

The Youngstown State men's golf team will begin play at the Horizon League Championships on Sunday at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla.

The event will take place on the resort's El Campeon Course as the teams will play 18 holes on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday to determine the conference champion. The course will play approximately 6,765 yards and par is 72.

The Penguins, who are seeded sixth, will be paired with fifth-seeded Northern Kentucky and will tee off between 8:10-8:42 a.m. ET. The YSU lineup will include Zack Ford, C.J. Hughes, Ken Keller, Jason McQuown and Kevin Scherr. Bryan Kordupel will also be available as a possible substitution.

McQuown will be competing at the league meet for the fourth consecutive season while Hughes, Keller and Scherr will each be making their second appearance. Ford will be making his Horizon League Championships debut after transferring to YSU mid-season.

McQuown will be the most experienced Penguin at the event. He has competed at the past three league events, and finished 24th each of the last two seasons. The Poland, Ohio, native carded a three-round 235 a year ago, and was YSU's top finisher in 2017 with a three-round total of 233 featuring a 75 in the first round. He also finished 30th as a freshman in 2016.

McQuown has played in nine tournaments and 24 rounds this season with an average of 77.3 strokes per round. He had a season-best 13th-place finish with a three-round 219 (72-77-70) at the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate. He also tied for 15th with a two-round 149 (73-76) in YSU's victory at the Towson Spring Invitational. The senior's low round of the season was a 2-under-par 69 at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational.

Scherr has participated in all 10 tournaments and 27 rounds this season with a team-best 73.7 strokes-per-round average. That scoring average also ranks seventh in the Horizon League going into the championships. He leads YSU with three top-10 finishes, and four in the top 15 while coming in as the team's top finisher in six of 10 events.

Scherr 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, tied for the 10th lowest in program history and ranks as the best 54-hole performance by a Penguin since 2016. His 2-under-par 69 in the second round set a new season and career-low round. The Nazareth, Pa., native led the Penguins at the league meet last season with a three-round 224 (73-75-76) to earn an impressive sixth-place finish as a freshman.

Hughes has competed in all 10 events and 27 rounds this season with a strokes-per-round average of 77.0. He has recorded two top-15 finishes this season, and three in the top 20. He earned a season-best 14th-place finish at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational with a two-round 140 (72-68).

Hughes' 5-under-par 67 at the Fuzzy Zoeller Intercollegiate set a new career-low round, and is tied for the seventh-lowest round in program history. It also marked the first time since 2015 that a Penguin shot 67 or below. The sophomore tied for 34th with a three-round 247 at the league championships last season.

Keller has competed in all 10 tournaments and 27 rounds, and is averaging 77.1 strokes per round. The sophomore's best finish of the season came when he tied for 15th in YSU's victory at the Towson Spring Invitational with a two-round 149 (72-77). His low round of campaign was a 4-under-par 67 at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational, which tied for the seventh-lowest round in program history. The Youngstown, Ohio, native competed in two of three rounds at last year's league meet, carding a 79 in the first round and a 77 in the final round.

Ford, who transferred to YSU from East Tennessee State following the fall semester, has been in the lineup for all four events and 10 rounds this spring. He is averaging 75.7 strokes per round, and has fired a career-low 69 in each of his last two outings. The sophomore turned in a two-round 147 (69-78) to claim a career-best ninth-place finish and help lead YSU to victory at the Towson Spring Invitational. He also led the Penguins with a two-round 149 (80-69) to finish tied for 22nd at the Southern Intercollegiate.

Kordupel has played in eight tournaments and 23 rounds as a freshman, including the first seven events of the season. He finished 29th with a three-round 226 (77-75-74) to lead YSU in its spring debut at the Jackrabbit Invitational. The Boardman, Ohio, native carded a low round of 73 on two different occasions.

Youngstown State finished seventh as a team at the Horizon League Championships last season. The program's best finish at the event was in 2006 when the Penguins were second. YSU has placed third in 2014, 2011, 2010 and 2008. Cleveland State has won the last five tournaments and has been first eight times since 2008.

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