Penguins Set 18-Hole Scoring Record, Finish Second at Indiana State Invitational

YSU Women's Golf finished second at the Indiana State Invitational on Monday.
YSU Women's Golf finished second at the Indiana State Invitational on Monday.

Terre Haute, Ind. — The Youngstown State women's golf team set a new school record for lowest 18-hole performance for the second time this season on its way to a second-place finish in the Indiana State Invitational at The Country Club on Terre Haute on Monday. Five Penguins finished in the top 15 of the individual standings.

YSU posted a two-round team score of 585 to finish seven strokes behind the winner California Baptist. The Penguins posted a school-record 285 (-3) in the first round on Sunday to take a six-shot lead, and fired a 300 in Monday's final round. The Lancers shot a 287 (-1) during the final session to rally for the victory. Youngstown State has now finished first or second in six of the 10 events it has played this season.

"I'm really proud of the way we battled today," said Head Coach Nate Miklos. "We didn't have our best, but we found a way to still put together a sold round. We had a great event, and continue to get better each day."

YSU's first-round 285 on Sunday bested the previous school record of 286 that it set at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational in early September. The Guins have now recorded the seven lowest 18-hole scores in school history this season. The team's first-round performance was the only round of par or better during Sunday's first round, and one of only two for the entire tournament.

In addition, the Penguins' two-round mark of 585 ranks as the third-lowest 36-hole score in program history. YSU has now carded the three lowest 36-hole team marks in school history this season. The group set the school record with a 577 at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational, and also shot a 580 at the Dayton Fall Invitational in October.

All five golfers in YSU's team lineup finished in the top 15 of the individual standings. Puthita Khuanrudee finished third with a career-low two-round 144 (71-73). The freshman earned her second top-five finish of the season, and her fifth in the top 10. It was the fourth time this season she has been YSU's top finisher. Khuanrudee's first-round 71 (-1) also matched her lowest round of the campaign.

Katlyn Shutt finished one stroke behind Khuanrudee in third with a two-round 145 (69-76). The junior claimed her fourth top-five finish of the season, and her sixth in the top 10. Her first-round 69 (-3) is tied for the fifth-lowest single-round score in program history. It was her fourth sub-70 round of 2018-19, and she has now carded four of the six lowest rounds in school history this season.

Rattika Sittigool turned in a career-low two-round mark of 148 (71-77) to finish in a tie for eighth. The freshman's first-round 71 matched her lowest round of the season, and she has now finished in the top 10 in three straight events. Victoria Grans was just one stroke back of Sittigool with a 149 (75-74) to finish 12th. The freshman has now finished in the top 15 on five occasions this season.

Jenna Vivo matched her career-best 36-hole score with a 152 (74-78) to finish tied for 15th. The freshman's first-round 74 matched her low round of the season, and she has now finished top-15 in three straight tournaments and four times overall this season. Playing as an individual, Megan Creager shot a two-round 168 (83-85).

Jocelyn Chee Yi Min and Erica Wang of California Baptist each posted two-round scores of 142 to finish the final round tied atop the individual headboard. Chee Yi Min won the ensuing playoff to earn medalist honors.

Youngstown State's final tuneup before the Horizon League Championships will come this Saturday, April 13, when it hosts the YSU Spring Invitational at Youngstown Country Club in Youngstown, Ohio.