Youngstown State sophomore golfer Kevin Scherr has been named First-Team All-Horizon League in a vote of the conference's coaches, the league office announced on Saturday.
Scherr is the first Penguin to earn all-league recognition since Brandon Pluchinsky in 2016. He is just the fourth YSU sophomore to be named All-Horizon League, joining Nate Komsa (2004), Ryan Stocke (2007) and Bill Gaffney (2014). Overall, he is just the sixth Penguin in the Horizon League era to garner first-team all-league honors.
"It's really great to see Kevin be recognized by the coaches as one of the best players in the league," said YSU head coach Tony Jony. "Kevin has been our most consistent player over the last two years. With him being only a sophomore, his future and the future of our program is going to be very exciting."
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 upcoming Horizon League 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. As of April 17, he ranked fifth in the Horizon League's individual Golfstat rankings.
Scherr notched a career-best fourth-place finish at the Tom Tontimonia Invitational in October 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 sophomore tied for eighth at the Titans Motown Collegiate with a three-round 222 (73-74-75), and tied for 12th at the Fuzzy Zoeller Intercollegiate with a three-round 213 (71-70-72).
Scherr also fired a two-round 147 (75-72) to tie for ninth and help lead YSU to a victory at the Towson Spring Invitational earlier this month. He carded a career-best two-round 145 (71-74) at the Joe Feagnes Marshall Invitational to help the Penguins set a new school record of 571 for lowest 36-hole performance.
The Nazareth, Pa., native has competed in every round of every tournament since the start of his career. He led the Penguins at the Horizon League Championships last season with a three-round 224 (73-75-76) to earn an impressive sixth-place finish as a freshman. This past August, Scherr competed at the 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California.
Scherr was joined on the first team by Austin Crowder (IUPUI), Nick Bienz, (IUPUI), Jacob Poore (Northern Kentucky) and Chris Handy (Oakland).
Scherr and the Penguins will begin play at the Horizon League Championships on Sunday from Mission Inn Resort at Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla.