Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla. – The Youngstown State women's golf team is in fourth place, and two Penguins are in the top 10 after the first day of competition at the Horizon League Golf Championships at Mission Inn Resort's Las Colinas Course.
The Penguins turned in a first-round team score of 321, and are just three strokes back of third-place Cleveland State. Defending champion IUPUI and Oakland each recorded a 311 to tie for the day-one lead. YSU will be seven strokes ahead of fifth-place UIC going Monday's second round.
Horizon League Freshman of the Year and first-team all-league pick Puthita Khuanrudee led the Penguins with a 5-over-par 78, and is tied for eighth place. First-Team All-Horizon League honoree Katlyn Shutt is tied for 10th after shooting a 79, and second-team all-league selection Rattika Sittigool carded an 80 to finish the round tied for 13th.
Khuanrudee sits just three strokes behind Veronica Haque and Maddie Zack of Oakland and Madison Butler of Cleveland State, who each had a 2-over-par 75 on Sunday.
Khuanrudee's opening-round 78 featured eight pars, four birdies, three bogeys and two double bogeys. She had birdies on No. 1, No. 5, No. 9 while shooting one-over par (36) on the front nine. After bogeying two of her first three holes on the back nine, the freshman settled in to shoot even par over her final six holes with a birdie on No. 14.
Shutt, who won medalist honors at the league championships as a freshman in 2017, carded nine pars and three birdies during her first-round 79. Shutt had an up-and-down front nine that saw three pars, two birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey as she finished three-over par (38). The junior bogeyed three of her first four holes on the back nine, but was able to finish the day with five consecutive pars. Shutt's birdies on the front nine came at No. 2 and No. 9.
After a rocky start, Sittigool also finished strong by playing the back nine at even par (38). The freshman carded three bogeys and two double bogeys on the front nine to make the turn at seven-over par (42). Following a bogey on No. 10, Sittigool had seven pars and a birdie on No. 12 over her final eight holes to finish the round with an 80.
Second-Team All-Horizon League honoree Victoria Grans is tied for 23rd place following an opening-round 84. After shooting eight-over par (43) on the front nine, the freshman went three over on the back nine with four pars and birdies on No. 14 and No. 17. She made par or better on four of her last five holes, and eight of her final 11.
Freshman Jenna Vivo recorded a first-round 87 and is tied for 33rd. Vivo made par or better on three of her last four holes including a birdie on the par-3 No. 15.
The second round begins Monday morning with YSU teeing off at 7:30 a.m. The Penguins will be paired with IUPUI for the second straight day. Live stats will be available via Golfstat.com and the Golfstat mobile app.