The Youngstown State women's golf team will begin its 2018-19 season by hosting the fifth annual Roseann Schwartz Invitational Sept. 3-4 at Mill Creek Golf Course in Boardman, Ohio. The Penguins are scheduled to compete in five events during the fall portion of their schedule. The group is currently slated to play rounds in Ohio, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Creager Leads Charge
Megan Creager, the lone senior on this season's team, brings a wealth of experience and leadership to the table. After competing in each of the team's 10 events last season, she has now participated in 29 tournaments and 61 rounds in her career. The Milford, Ohio, native earned two top-10 finishes and six in the top 25 while being YSU's top finisher on three occasions in 2017-18. She shot a career-low 74 to earn a first-place finish for the first time in her career and help lead the Penguins to a team victory at the Sand Ridge Shootout last April. She also finished eighth at the Marietta Pioneer Classic, tied for 12th at Seminole State Spring Break and 16th at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational. Creager will be relied upon heavily this season by Head Coach Nate Miklos.
Shutt Looks to Build on Strong Spring
Junior Katlyn Shutt will be looking to pick up where she left off after a stellar spring. She competed in just five events last season after missing the entire fall slate due to injury. After returning to the lineup in late February, she earned three top-15 finishes and two in the top 10. The Dover, Ohio, native was YSU's top finisher in each of its final three events and earned a first-place finish at the Sand Ridge Shootout on April 13. Shutt and Creager shared medalist honors after each shooting 74 in the one-day event. Shutt led the team in strokes per round average at 78.6, which ranked as the eighth-lowest single-season average in school history. She earned a team-best, sixth-place finish at the Horizon League Championships after shooing a three-round 236. Her third-round 73 was her lowest round of the season. She was YSU's top finisher at the league meet for the second straight season after earning medalist honors as freshman in 2017.
Sophomores Kara Raines and Tori Utrup each saw significant action last season as true freshmen. Raines participated in all 10 of the team's events while Utrup competed in nine tournaments. Utrup recorded three top-25 finishes and two in the top 15. She earned a career-best, fifth-place finish at the Marietta Pioneer Classic to help the Penguins to the team victory. She also finished 13th at the Sand Ridge Shootout in helping her team to its second victory of the season. The Uniontown, Ohio, native also was YSU's second-best finisher at the Horizon League Championships, finishing in a tie for 25th. Raines posted two top-20 finishes and one in the top 10. She earned a career-best, sixth-place finish at the Marietta Pioneer Classic while finishing in a tie for 16th at the Sand Ridge Shootout.
Large Group of Freshmen
Five freshmen will be embarking on their first season with the YSU women's golf team in 2018-19. Boardman, Ohio, natives Britney Jonda and Jenna Vivo, Puthita Khuanrudee and Rattika Sittigool of Thailand and Victoria Grans of Sweden make up the group of newcomers.
Both Jonda and Vivo were standouts as teammates at nearby Boardman High School. Jonda was named first-team all-conference in each of her four years and earned Northeastern Ohio Honorable Mention honors each of her final two seasons. Vivo was first-team all-league and first-team All-Northeast Ohio three times. She was also a four-time Vindicator Greatest Golfer of the Valley champion.
Khuanrudee attended the Benchama Maharat School in Thailand and put together a very strong 2017 season which included multiple tournament wins. Sittigool attended the Benchama Maharat School in Thailand and played a handful of tournaments in the United States during the summer of 2017. She earned a first-place finish at the Hurricane Junior Tournament at August State and a runner-up finish at the Hurricane Junior Tournament at Duke. Grans is currently ranked in the top 50 of 21-and-under Swedish female golfers.
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