Khuanrudee Named HL Freshman of the Year; Four Penguins Earn All-League Honors

YSU had a school-record four players earn All-Horizon League honors (L-R: Grans, Khuanrudee, Shutt, Sittigool)
YSU had a school-record four players earn All-Horizon League honors (L-R: Grans, Khuanrudee, Shutt, Sittigool)

There was a major Youngstown State presence on the Horizon League Women's Golf All-League teams released on Saturday as Katlyn Shutt, Puthita Khuanrudee, Victoria Grans and Rattika Sittigool were each recognized in a vote of the conference's coaches.

Shutt and Khuanrudee were both named First-Team All-Horizon League, and Khuanrudee was voted the Horizon League Freshman of the Year. Grans and Sittigool both earned Second-Team All-Horizon League honors, giving the Penguins four all-league honorees for the first time in program history.

The quartet has helped lead YSU to one of the best statistical seasons in program history. The team has already won four events, and set new school records for lowest 18-hole, 36-hole and 54-hole performance. This season marks just the fifth time in school history that the program has won at least four tournaments.

"Having four of our players earn all-league honors is an amazing accomplishment," YSU head coach Nate Miklos said. "I believe it is also indicative of how this season has gone. It has truly been a team effort with different players stepping up and contributing to what has been a special season. I am extremely proud of all four players who were recognized, and our entire team for the hard work and dedication they have shown on and off the course."

It's a rare feat for one team to have four All-Horizon League honorees. Only Oakland last season and Butler in 2006 have had four players earn all-league recognition in the same season. The Penguins previously had three players be named to the all-league teams in 2003 and 2016. This is the 13th consecutive season in which at least one Penguin has been named All-Horizon League. It is the seventh time in program history that YSU has had multiple players garner all-league honors, and the first time since 2016.

Since the Horizon League began naming first and second teams in 2016, Youngstown State has had a first-team honoree each season. Shutt joins her sister Courtney Shutt (2018), Reva Morris (2017) and current assistant coach Emily Dixon (2016) as Penguins who have garnered first-team recognition. Shutt was also named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team in 2017 after winning medalist honors as a freshman.

This season marks the first time in Horizon League history that a team has had three freshmen be named to the all-league teams. It is also the first time in school history that multiple freshmen have earned all-league honors in the same campaign. Khuanrudee is the fifth Penguin to be named the conference's Newcomer or Freshman of the Year, and the third since Miklos took over as head coach in 2013. She joins Katie Rogner (2008), Samantha Formeck (2009), Gabby Minor (2016) and Reva Morris (2017).

Shutt has put together of the most impressive individual seasons in program history. She is averaging a team-best 74.10 strokes per round, which ranks second in the league and is on pace to break the YSU single-season record. She has earned medalist honors at two different events and set new program records for lowest 18-hole (64), 36-hole (132) and 54-hole performance (213). Her 8-under-par 64 at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational is the lowest round in school history. Overall, Shutt has posted the two lowest and four of the six lowest rounds ever recorded by a YSU women's golfer during the campaign. The junior has carded four sub-70 rounds this season; there were only two such rounds in program history prior.

In total, Shutt has earned five top-five finishes and seven in the top 10. She has recorded a single-season school record of seven rounds of par or better, and tied the YSU career record of nine.  She is also five birdies away from breaking the single-season record of 54, set by current assistant coach Aislynn Merling in 2014-15. She has already set a single-season YSU record with three eagles during the campaign and the career record of five.

Shutt shot two of the three lowest individual rounds in program history (68-64) in YSU's season-opening win at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational to earn medalist honors by a dominating 12 strokes. Her two-round total of 132 (-12) set a new school mark, breaking the previous record of 140, which was also set by Merling in 2015. Shutt finished third at the Dayton Fall Invitational with a two-round 143 (73-70), which is tied for the fourth-lowest 36-hole score in school history.

The Dover, Ohio, native also carded a three-round 213 (74-72-67) at the Kiawah Island Spring Classic to finish tied for third, and break her own school record of 217 for best individual 54-hole performance. The junior's 5-under-par 67 in the final round is tied for the second-lowest single-round score in program history, behind only her 64 at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational. She was named to the Kiawah Island Spring Classic All-Tournament Team for her performance.

Khuanrudee currently ranks third in the Horizon League with a 74.86 scoring average, and is also on pace to best the previous single-season school record. She has competed in all 11 team events with three top-five finishes and six in the top 10. The freshman has been YSU's top finisher a team-high four times, and has posted a low round of 71 on two different occasions. Her three-round 221 (73-74-74) at the Kiawah Island Spring Classic is tied for the fourth-lowest 54-hole score in program history.

Khuanrudee earned a season-best second-place finish with a 2-over-par 74 at the Savannah State Spring Invitational. She also shot even par and finished third at the Indiana State University Invitational with a season-best two-round score of 144 (71-73). That two-round mark is tied for the sixth-lowest 36-hole score in school history. The freshman also tied for ninth at the NKU Fall Classic with a three-round 224 (76-74-74), which is tied for the seventh-lowest 54-hole performance in program history.

Grans is averaging 75.67 strokes per round, which ranks fifth in the Horizon League and is on pace to rank among the top-five single-season averages in school history. She has participated in all 11 team events, earning three top-five finishes and four in the top 10. Grans won medalist honors at the Savannah State Spring Invitational this spring with an even-par 72, and has been YSU's top finisher in three different tournaments.

Grans fired a 2-under-par 70 in her first collegiate round at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational. That round is tied for the seventh-lowest single round in program history. She went on to record a two-round 146 (70-76) in her first collegiate tournament to finish tied for third. That performance ranks among the top-10 36-hole scores in school history. The freshman also fired a two-round 142 (71-71) in YSU's win at the Dayton Fall Invitational to finish second. Her two-round 142 ranks as the third-lowest 36-hole score in program history.

Sittigool ranks seventh in the league with a strokes-per-round average of 76.33. She has participated in 10 of YSU's 11 tournaments this season with four top-10 finishes, and two more in the top 20. Her low round of the season was an even-par 70 the team's victory at the Dayton Fall Invitational, which tied for the seventh-lowest round in school history. The freshman's best finish came in YSU's win at the Benbow Invitational, when she tied for sixth with a two-round 152 (73-79). Sittigool's three-round 218 (71-74-73) at the Kiawah Island Spring Classic ranks as the third-lowest 54-hole score in program history.

The Penguins will try to cap off an historic season with their fourth league title at the Horizon League Championships beginning on Sunday at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla.