Penguins Move Into Third; Shutt Tied For Lead at HL Golf Championships

Katlyn Shutt (Photo by Drae Smith)
Katlyn Shutt (Photo by Drae Smith)

Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla. - The Youngstown State women's golf team sits in third place following the second round of the Horizon League Golf Championships at Mission Inn Resort's Las Colinas Course. Junior Katlyn Shutt is one of three golfers in the lead with a two-day total of 154.

Shutt is tied with a pair of Oakland golfers at the top of the leaderboard - Kylee Sullivan and Maddie Zack. Shutt was in 10th place following the opening round, but carded a second-day low round of 75 to move into a tie with the Golden Grizzlies' duo.

In the team standings, YSU moved up one spot and had a seven-shot improvement to remain in the race for the title. After two rounds, the Penguins have a team total of 635 (321-314) and are eight shots behind leader IUPUI (627) and just five back of second-place Oakland (630). Cleveland State sits fourth with a 635.

Shutt, a first-team All-Horizon League honoree, was resilient throughout her second round to move into a tie for the lead. On her first nine holes she had just a pair of bogeys to go along with seven pars. She picked up three birdies on her final nine holes - No. 10, No. 14 and No. 18. The last two birdies came after she suffered a triple-bogey at No. 13. She was the only player in the top 20 to birdie the 18th.

Shutt is bidding to win her second Horizon League title in the past three years. She previously won the event as a freshman in 2017. The last individual to win the tournament on two occasions was Detroit Mercy's Lindsey Lammers (2012 and 2014). Lynnsey Showers of Butler (2003 and 2004) is the only other two-time winner.

Joining Shutt in the top 10 is YSU freshman Puthita Khuanrudee who is in seventh place with a two-round score of 157. Khuanrudee, the Horizon League Freshman of the Year, carded a 79 on Monday after an opening round 78. In her second round, she had 12 pars and six bogeys. 

Freshman Rattika Sittigool carded an 83 and her two-day total of 163 leaves her in a tie for 15th place. Highlighting her second round was a birdie at No. 6.

Second-Team All-Horizon League honoree Victoria Grans is in 17th place with a two-round total of 164. Grans carded a second-round 80, which was a four-shot improvement from her day-one 84. She had 12 pars, five bogeys and a double bogey for her Monday round. She had a 40 on the back nine with seven pars and a pair of bogeys.

Freshman Jenna Vivo made a strong move firing a second-round 80 and now sits in 26th place with a two-round total of 167. Vivo opened the event with an 87 on Sunday. On Monday, she began her round with a birdie on the first hole. On the back side she had six pars, two bogeys and made a birdie at the par-5 14th hole to shoot a one-over par 39.

The third and final round begins Tuesday morning with YSU teeing off at 8:50 a.m. The Penguins will be paired with the Vikings for the final day. Live stats will be available via and the Golfstat mobile app.