Penguins Earn Second Victory at University of Dayton Fall Invitational

YSU Women's Golf won the University of Dayton Fall Invitational on Tuesday.
YSU Women's Golf won the University of Dayton Fall Invitational on Tuesday.

Kettering, Ohio - The Youngstown State women's golf team earned its second victory of the season and had three golfers finish in the top 10 at the University of Dayton Fall Invitational at NCR Country Club on Tuesday.

The Penguins fired a two-round team total of 580 (292-288) to win the event by five strokes over Findlay. YSU has now posted the two lowest 36-hole team scores in program history through five events this fall. The team carded a 577 to claim a season-opening win at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational in early September, shattering the previous record of 599.

YSU has also posted the four lowest 18-hole team scores in program history this season. The Penguins opened the 2018-19 campaign with rounds of 286 and 291 in their win at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational. Coming into this season, the school mark for low 18-hole team score was 296.

The Penguins battled tough conditions during the first round of play on Monday and held a two-shot lead over Oakland heading into the final round. Tuesday marked the second event this fall in which YSU had three golfers finish in the top 10 of the individual standings.

Victoria Grans earned a career-best, second-place finish with a 142 (71-71). Her two rounds of 71 are tied for the sixth-lowest rounds in school history. Her two-round 142 was a career best and ranks as the third-lowest, 36-hole performance in program history. During the second round, the freshman was one-under with seven pars and a birdie on the back nine. The native of Stockholm, Sweden, now has two top-five finishes this season.

Katlyn Shutt posted a 143 (73-70) to finish third and secure her second top-five finish of the fall. During the first round, she was even on the back nine with seven pars and a birdie. The junior then went one-under with six pars and two birdies on the front nine during the second round on her way to an even-par 70. Shutt's second-round 70 is tied for the fifth-lowest round in school history while her two-round 143 is tied for the fourth-lowest, 36-hole mark by a Penguin.

Puthita Khuanrudee carded a two-round 148 (71-77) to finish tied for ninth and claim her third top-10 finish in five tournaments. The freshman's first-round 71 is her lowest of the season and is tied for the sixth-lowest round in school history. During that round, she was two-under with seven pars and two birdies on the back nine.

Rattika Sittigool matched her lowest 36-hole mark of the season with a 151 (81-70) to finish in a tie for 16th. Her even-par 70 in the second round ranks as her lowest round of the season and is tied for the fifth lowest in program history. During that impressive second round, she was one-under with four pars and three birdies on the front nine. The freshman carded eight pars and a bogey on the back nine to finish even for the round.

Jenna Vivo turned in her second-lowest, 36-hole score of the season with a 154 (77-77) to finish tied for 22nd. Playing as individuals, Megan Creager posted a 162 (82-80) and Kara Raines finished with a 173 (86-87).

Makenzie Torres of Findlay finished three strokes ahead of Grans to take medalist honors with a two-round 139 (69-70). Her first-round 69 was the lowest single round score of the event.

With the fall season complete, the Penguins will take a break from competition until the start of the spring season in February. The team's complete spring schedule will be announced soon.

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