The Youngstown State women's golf team earned a pair of team victories and set a number of school records during a successful fall portion of the 2018-19 season.
The Penguins played rounds in Ohio, New Jersey and Pennsylvania between early September and mid-October. YSU kicked off the campaign by hosting the fifth annual Roseann Schwartz Invitational at Mill Creek Golf Course in Boardman, Ohio.
Penguins Earn a Pair of Team Victories
YSU began the season with a dominating win at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational and finished the fall with another impressive victory at the University of Dayton Fall Invitational. At the Roseann Schwartz Invitational, the Penguins finished ahead of second-place Marshall by 15 strokes and had three golfers finish in the top 10. At Dayton, YSU earned a five-stroke victory over Findlay and had three golfers place in the top 10. This fall marked the first time since the 2014-15 campaign that the Penguins won two events during the fall portion of the season. YSU won a total of two events last season, both of which came during the spring slate.
Record-Setting Team Performances
The Penguins carded the two lowest 36-hole team scores in program history this fall; 577 at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational and 580 at the Dayton Fall Invitational. Those scores shattered the previous record of 599, which was set in February of 2015. YSU also posted the second and third-lowest, 54-hole marks; 923 at the NKU Fall Classic and 925 at the Nittany Lion Invitational. The team's two-under 286 at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational was the first team round of par or better in program history. The Guins fired the four lowest 18-hole team marks in school history this fall, besting the previous record of 296 which was set in 2015.
- 286 - Roseann Schwartz Invitational
- 288 - Dayton Fall Invitational
- 291 - Roseann Schwartz Invitational
- 292 - Dayton Fall Invitational
Sensational Fall for Shutt
After a terrific fall season, Katlyn Shutt has begun to solidify her place among the top golfers in program history. The junior shot two of the three lowest individual rounds in program history (68-64) at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational to earn medalist honors by a dominating 12 strokes. The Dover, Ohio, native has now earned medalist honors three times in her career. Her eight-under-par 64 in the second round, which featured five birdies and two eagles, broke Allison Mitzel's record of 67 for the lowest individual round in school history. That historic round came after she had broke the program record for lowest round in relation to par with a four-under 68 in the first round a day prior.
Shutt's two-round total of 132 (-12) at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational also set a new school mark for lowest 36-hole performance, breaking the previous record of 140 which was set by current assistant coach Aislynn Merling in 2015. She also finished third at the Dayton Fall Invitational with a two-round 143 (73-70). That two-round total is tied for the fourth-lowest, 36-hole score in school history. Impressively, Shutt now holds the lowest 18-hole, 36-hole, and 54-hole performances in program history. Prior to setting the 18-hole and 36-hole marks this fall, she set the 54-hole standard with a 217 to earn medalist honors at the Horizon League Championships as a freshman in 2017.
Shutt has also set program records for eagles in a season (3) and eagles in a career (5) through the first six tournaments. The junior has moved up to ninth on the all-time list for career birdies with 75 and already has three rounds of par or better this season. The single-season record is four, set by current assistant coach Emily Robertson (Dixon) in both 2014-15 and 2015-16.
Freshmen Make Major Impact
YSU had a group of freshmen step in and become major contributors this fall. Puthita Khuanrudee earned three top-10 finishes and was the team's top finisher on three occasions. She participated in all five tournaments and 12 rounds, carding a low round of 71 at the Dayton Fall Invitational. Victoria Grans tied for third at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational and led the Penguins with a second-place finish at Dayton. She also played in all 12 rounds, notching a low round of 70 in her collegiate debut. Rattika Sittigool and Jenna Vivo each participated in four events. Sittigool placed 12th at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational while Vivo tied for 14th with a low round of 75. In the fall finale at Dayton, Sittigool tied for 16th with a season-low round of 70 while Vivo tied for 22nd. This talented freshman class notched a number of scores which rank among the best in program history (see below).
The fall season saw some of the lowest individual rounds in program history, below is where they rank:
- 1. Shutt (64 - Roseann Schwartz Invitational)
- 3. Shutt (68 - Roseann Schwartz Invitational)
- T5. Grans (70 - Roseann Schwartz Invitational)
- T5. Shutt (70 - Dayton Fall Invitational)
- T5. Sittigool (70 - Dayton Fall Invitational)
- T6. Grans (71 x2 - Dayton Fall Invitational)
- T6. Khuanrudee (71 - Dayton Fall Invitational)
YSU's fall slate also featured some of the best individual 36-hole performances in school history:
- 1. Shutt (132 - Roseann Schwartz Invitational)
- 3. Grans (142 - Dayton Fall Invitational)
- T4. Shutt (143 - Dayton Fall Invitational)
- T7. Grans (146 - Roseann Schwartz Invitational)
Five of the team's individual 54-hole performances this fall also rank among the best in program history:
- T4. Khuanrudee (224 - NKU Fall Classic)
- T5. Grans (227 - NKU Fall Classic)
- T6. Khuanrudee (228 - Nittany Lion Invitational)
- T6. Shutt (228 - Nittany Lion Invitational)
- T7. Megan Creager (229 - NKU Fall Classic)
After six events this season, YSU has three golfers who are on pace to break the program record for single-season scoring average of 75.5, set by Emily Dixon in 2015-16. Current scoring averages through six events:
- Shutt (74.2)
- Grans (75.1)
- Khuanrudee (75.3)
The Penguins are scheduled to return to competition in early February. The team's full spring schedule will be announced soon.
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