Women's Golf Seeks Another Strong Performance at Benbow Invitational

Jenna Vivo (Photo by Drae Smith)
Jenna Vivo (Photo by Drae Smith)

The Youngstown State women's golf team will continue what has been an impressive 2018-19 season on Monday with the Benbow Invitational hosted by Butler at Blue Sky Golf Club in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Penguins are coming off a seventh-place finish out of 49 teams at the Kiawah Island Spring Classic, the largest collegiate golf tournament in the country, in late February.

"The last week and a half has given us a chance to get some rest, take care of academics and fine tune some little things that we needed to work on," said Head Coach Nate Miklos. "We're very excited to be in Florida and have a couple of days to prepare before our events."

Katlyn Shutt broke her own school record for individual 54-hole performance to lead YSU to the best 54-hole team score in program history at Kiawah Island. Shutt shot a three-round 213 (74-72-67) to finish tied for third, and best her previous mark of 217.

Shutt's 5-under-par 67 at Kiawah Island tied for the second-lowest single-round score in program history, behind only the 64 that she posted earlier this season at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational. The junior has posted three of the four lowest rounds in school history this season.

As a team, the Penguins carded an 878 (293-297-288) to shatter the previous school record of 913. This season's team has already rewritten the program's record books, recording the lowest 18-hole, 36-hole and 54-hole scores in school history.

"We've done a great job of getting better every day, and we're really starting to play well," Miklos said. "We're getting closer each day and I think we'll continue to see some great things from this team this week."

The field at the Benbow Invitational will feature seven other schools including the host Butler, Eckerd, Evansville, Illinois-Springfield, Northwood, Radford and Western Illinois. Miklos has announced that YSU's lineup will include Shutt, Victoria Grans, Puthita Khuanrudee, Rattika Sittigool and Jenna Vivo while Megan Creager will compete as an individual.

Shutt, Grans and Khuanrudee have competed in all seven of the team's events this season while Creager, Sittigool and Vivo have each participated in six tournaments.

The teams will play 18 holes each day with shotgun starts scheduled for 8:30 a.m. ET. The course at Blue Sky Golf Club will play approximately 6,102 yards and par is 72. There will be no live scoring for the event, and results will be posted at the conclusion of each day.

For news and updates throughout the spring season, follow the YSU women's golf program on Twitter @YSUWomensGolf