The Youngstown State men's golf program has added transfer Zack Ford, Head Coach Tony Joy announced on Friday. Ford will be eligible to compete for the Penguins as a redshirt sophomore during the upcoming spring portion of the 2018-19 season, which is slated to begin March 8-9.
"Having Zack join our program this spring will add an experienced player who can come in and make an immediate impact," Joy said. "Being a talented player and excellent student, I know he will be a good fit with his teammates."
Ford, who was a sought-after recruit coming out Cochranton, Pa., joins the program after spending the past two-plus seasons at East Tennessee State. As a freshman in 2016-17, he played in seven tournaments for the Bucs and posted a scoring average of 76.4. His career-low score of 72 came in the first round of the Schenkel Invitational. Ford competed in two events and six rounds this past fall, carding a low round of 74 in each of the final two rounds at the Rod Myers Invitational. He was twice named to the Southern Conference Honor Roll at ETSU.
Ford was a multi-sport athlete at Cochranton Junior-Senior High School, earning letters in both golf (four years) and basketball (two years) for the Cardinals. He was named Meadville Tribune Player of the Year in addition to being a three-time first team all-region and three-time first team all-district selection. As a senior, Ford finished third at the PIAA Championship on his way to earning first team all-state honors.
In addition to his high school accomplishments, Ford posted one top-five, two top-15 and three top-20 finishes on the American Junior Golf Association level. He earned a fourth-place finish at the New Era Junior Championship with a two-under-par 214 (70-68-76) at Harvest Hill Golf Course in Orchard Park, N.Y., while finishing tied for 12th at the JoS. A. Bank / David Leadbetter Championship at Cattail Creek Country Club in Glenwood, Md.
The Penguins will begin their spring season March 8-9 with the Jackrabbit Invitational hosted by South Dakota State at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nev.