Men's Golf Set to Compete at The Health Plan Mountaineer Invitational

Cole Christman (Photo by Drae Smith)
Cole Christman (Photo by Drae Smith)

The Youngstown State men's golf team will continue its fall slate on Monday with The Health Plan Mountaineer Invitational hosted by West Virginia at Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport, W. Va.

The Penguins will be competing for the second time in as many weeks after earning a ninth-place finish at Akron's Firestone Invitational on Tuesday. YSU last played at WVU's event in October 2017, placing 16th with a three-round total of 928.

The tournament field will feature 14 other schools including Akron, Davidson, Eastern Michigan, Florida Atlantic, George Washington, James Madison, Marshall, Rice, Southern Miss, Towson, UConn, Washington State, No. 25 West Virginia and Xavier. The Penguins will be paired with Eastern Michigan and George Washington.

The course will play approximately 7,308 yards and par is 72. The teams are slated to play 36 holes on Monday with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The final 18 holes will be played Tuesday with tee times beginning at 8 a.m. Live scoring will be available at Golfstat.com and via the Golfstat mobile app.

Head Coach Tony Joy has announced that YSU's lineup will include Ken Keller, Kevin Scherr, Bryan Kordupel, Zack Ford and Cole Christman. Christman, Keller, Kordupel and Scherr have been a part of the lineup in each of the team's first three events this season. Ford will be making his second straight appearance in the lineup and participating in his third event overall.

Keller has earned a top-20 finish in three straight events to begin the campaign. Most recently, he tied for 18th at the Firestone Invitational with a three-round 218 (75-71-72). The junior has recorded five rounds of par or below through three tournaments. Keller shot a three-round 234 (77-76-81) at Pete Dye Golf Club as a freshman in October 2017.

Scherr will also be competing at Pete Dye Golf Club for the second time in his YSU career. As freshmen two years ago, he finished with a three-round 233 (76-82-75). Kordupel and Ford will each be playing in WVU's event for the first time.

West Virginia will be looking to defend its home tournament title after winning by 11 strokes over runner-up Davidson with a three-round team total of 866 (+2) last October. WVU senior Max Sear shot a six-under-par 210 to become the first Mountaineer medalist in more than 30 years. The Mountaineers were ranked No. 25 when the first Bushnell/Golfweek Coaches Poll of the season came out earlier this week.

For news and updates throughout the fall season, follow the YSU men's golf program on Twitter @YSUMensGolf