Men’s Golf Shows Promise During Strong Finish to 2018-19 Season

YSU Men's Golf
YSU Men's Golf

The Youngstown State men's golf team finished the 2018-19 season with a strong spring that included a tournament victory and a third-place finish at the Horizon League Championships.

The Penguins played 11 events from early September to late April in 10 different states including New York, Indiana, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Nevada, Virginia, Maryland, Georgia and Florida. Below is a list of team and individual accomplishments from the 2018-19 campaign.

Victory at Towson Spring Invitational

  • YSU's strong spring season was highlighted by a victory at the Towson Spring Invitational on April 7 at Prospect Bay Country Club in Grasonville, Md. All five Penguins in the team lineup finished in the top 15 of the individual standings at the event.
  • The Penguins posted a two-round team score of 588 to finish in a three-way tie atop the leaderboard with Towson and Sacred Heart. YSU then won a tiebreaker based on the lowest score of the fifth golfer for each team who did not count as part of team scoring.
  • YSU's two-round mark of 588 ranks as the fifth-lowest 36-hole score in program history. The Penguins carded a 287 during Saturday's first round before recording a 301 in the final session on Sunday.
  • Youngstown State held a seven-shot lead heading into the final round of play. The team's 287 (-1) was the only round of par or better during Saturday's first round, and one of only two for the entire tournament. Only Towson's second-round 285 was lower than the Penguins' first-round performance. YSU's first-round 287 was also the squad's second-lowest 18-hole mark of the season.

Strong Showing at Horizon League Championships

  • Youngstown State finished third at the 2019 Horizon League Golf Championships to earn its best finish at the event since 2014. The Penguins used a phenomenal start to actually grab the lead at the midway point of the tournament's final round.
  • On the front nine during the final round, the Penguins' four round counters were an impressive one-over par. Ford and Scherr were each two-under par while Keller and McQuown were two-over par. The front-nine run gave the Penguins a four-shot lead over eventual-champion Wright State at one point on the final day.
  • The Penguins finished with a three-round total of 899 after carding a final-round 296. YSU opened the tournament with a 305 in the first round and shot a 298 in round two. YSU had two sub-300 rounds at the HL Championships for the first time since 2008.
  • The second-round 298 was YSU's lowest single-round team score at the tournament since a third-round 294 in 2016.
  • Four of the five golfers in YSU's lineup were sophomores. Ken Keller led the way with a career-best sixth-place finish, Zack Ford tied his career-best finish at ninth, Kevin Scherr and C.J. Hughes tied for 20th and senior Jason McQuown was 27th.

Penguins Set New 36-Hole Scoring Record

  • The Penguins set a new school record for lowest 36-hole performance with a team score of 571 at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational at Guyan Golf and Country Club on Sept. 10-11. YSU set the previous mark of 576 last season 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 season, 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.
  • With a 571 at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational and a 588 at the Towson Spring Invitational, the Penguins posted multiple 36-hole scores of below 590 in a single season for the first time in program history.
  • Hughes led the Penguins at the event with a two-under 140 (72-68) to finish tied for 14th. 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.
  • Kevin Scherr (71-74) and Jason McQuown (69-76) each carded a career-low two-round mark of 145. Justin Stark concluded the tournament with a career-best two-round score of 148 (73-75).

Seven Sub-70 Rounds

  • Sophomores C.J. Hughes and Ken Keller each posted career-low rounds of 67 during the season. In total, the Penguins posted seven individual rounds of below 70. That total is the most since the 2015-16 team turned in 10 sub-70 rounds, and YSU had only one such round in each of the past two campaigns.
  • Hughes' 5-under-par 67, which included 13 pars and five birdies, came in the second round of the Fuzzy Zoeller Intercollegiate on Sept. 8. Keller's 4-under-par 67, 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 eighth-lowest rounds in the program's Division I history. They are also the lowest since Brandon Pluchinsky shot a 65 in third round of the Cleveland State Invitational on Oct. 6, 2015.
  • Hughes also carded a 3-under-par 68 in the second round of the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational on Sept 11. The sophomore's round featured five birdies and 11 pars.
  • Three different Penguins also combined to record four individual rounds of 69 during the season. The first was a 2-under-par 69 by McQuown in the first round of the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational. The senior's round, which matched a career low, featured 10 pars and five birdies.
  • Scherr fired a 2-under-par 69 in the second round of the Tom Tontimonia Invitational on Oct. 8. He was one-under with two birdies and six pars on both the front and back nine during the career-low round.
  • Sophomore Zack Ford, who joined the team midseason after transferring from East Tennessee State, posted a pair of single-round 69's during the spring. The first was a 3-under-par 69 in the first round of the Towson Spring Invitational on April 6.
  • Ford's career-low round included 11 pars and five birdies with a stretch of eight straight holes of par or better. It was the team's lowest single-round mark, and tied for the lowest round of the entire event.
  • Ford fired another 3-under-par 69 in the second round of the Southern Intercollegiate on April 15. The round featured 12 pars, three birdies and his first eagle of the campaign. He made par or better on his final eight holes as he moved up 38 spots on the leaderboard.

Scherr's Stellar Sophomore Season

  • Sophomore Kevin Scherr was named First-Team All-Horizon League after a stellar sophomore season. He became the first Penguin to earn all-league recognition since Brandon Pluchinsky in 2016.
  • Scherr also became 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.
  • The Nazareth, Pa., native participated in all 11 tournaments and 30 rounds for the Penguins in 2018-19. He has now competed in all 60 rounds and 22 events that YSU has played since the start of his career.
  • Scherr finished the season with a team-best 74.0 strokes-per-round average. That ranks as the fourth-lowest single-season scoring average in YSU's Division I history, and the lowest since Pluchinsky averaged a school-record72.4 strokes per round in 2015-16.
  • Scherr ranked seventh in the league in scoring average going into the Horizon League Championships, and finished the season ranked fifth in the league's individual Golfstat rankings. He led YSU with three top-10 finishes, and four in the top 15 while coming in as the team's top finisher in six of 11 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.
  • 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 fired a two-round 147 (75-72) to tie for ninth and help lead YSU to victory at the Towson Spring Invitational. He also carded a career-best two-round 145 (71-74) at the Joe Feagnes Marshall Invitational.

Promising Sophomore Class

  • Four of the five golfers in YSU's lineup at the Horizon League Championships this season were sophomores. The young group's impressive performance at the league meet has set the stage for what appears to be an extremely bright future for the program.
  • In addition to Scherr, sophomores Zack Ford, C.J. Hughes and Ken Keller also helped guide YSU to a third-place finish at the league championships. Hughes and Keller each competed in all 11 events and 30 rounds this season. Ford participated in all five tournaments and 13 rounds during the spring after transferring to YSU in January.
  • Hughes recorded two top-15 finishes this season, and four 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 also tied for 15th with a 149 (73-76) in YSU's win at the Towson Spring Invitational. His low round of the season was a 5-under-par 67 at the Fuzzy Zoeller Intercollegiate.
  • Keller earned a career-best sixth-place finish with a three-round 222 (77-72-73) at the Horizon League Championships. He carded an eagle during an even-par 72 in the second round and during a one-over 73 in the final session.
  • Keller also tied for 15th at the Towson Spring Invitational with a two-round 149 (72-77). His low round of the campaign was a 4-under-par 67 at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational.
  • Hughes and Keller have each competed in all 22 events that Youngstown State has played since the beginning of their freshman seasons.
  • Ford asserted himself as a major presence in YSU's lineup with a pair of top-10 finishes during the spring. He tied for ninth at the Towson Spring Invitational with a two-round 147 (69-78). Ford set career bests for lowest round, lowest 36-hole score and highest finish at the event.
  • Ford also finished ninth at the Horizon League Championships with a three-round 224 (79-71-74). The sophomore's 224 matched his career-best 54-hole total. The Cochranton, Pa., native matched his season and career-low round of 69 during a two-round 149 (80-69) at the Southern Intercollegiate.
  • Additionally, sophomore Justin Stark competed in five tournaments and 13 rounds this season. He carded a career-best three-round 232 (74-76-82) at the Fuzzy Zoeller Intercollegiate. He also posted a career-low round of 73 during a career-best two-round 148 (73-75) at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational.

Freshmen Gain Experience

  • A pair of true freshmen also gained significant experience this season to add to the program's promising young nucleus.
  • Bryan Kordupel played in eight tournaments and 23 rounds, 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.
  • Fellow Boardman product Brian Terlesky participated in three tournaments and nine rounds during the fall portion of the 2018-19 season. He recorded a three-round 231 (78-78-75) at the Tom Tontimonia Invitational, and his low round of the campaign was a 74 at the Titans Motown Collegiate.

McQuown and Standohar Conclude Careers

  • Seniors Jason McQuown and Evan Standohar each played their final season with the Penguins in 2018-19. Both earned their bachelor's degrees at Youngstown State's spring commencement ceremony.
  • McQuown participated in 10 events and 27 rounds this past season to conclude his career having played 40 tournaments and 110 rounds. He is one of 11 Penguins since 1998 to golf at least 110 rounds in their career.
  • Standohar competed in 14 events and 37 rounds during his YSU career. He posted a three-round 251 (85-82-84) in his only outing of the season at the Tom Tontimonia Invitational.
  • McQuown had a season-best 13th-place finish with a three-round 219 (72-77-70) in YSU's season debut at the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate. The senior's 219 matched the best 54-hole score of his career.
  • McQuown's low round of the season was a 2-under-par 69 at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational. He also recorded a career-best two-round total of 145 at the event. He also tied for 15th with a two-round 149 (73-76) at the Towson Spring Invitational.
  • McQuown competed at the Horizon League Championships in each of his four seasons, and twice finished in the top 25. He placed 27th at the league meet this past season with a three-round 234 (81-75-78).