Kiawah Island, S.C. - A record-breaking performance by Katlyn Shutt helped propel the Youngstown State women's golf team to the best 54-hole tournament in program history in the Kiawah Island Spring Classic at Kiawah Island Golf Resort on Tuesday.
The Penguins posted a three-round team score of 878 (293-297-288) to finish seventh out of 49 teams, and shatter the previous school record of 913 for lowest 54-hole tournament performance. This season's team continues to re-write the record books as they have now recorded the lowest 18-hole, 36-hole and 54-hole scores in school history.
Shutt carded a three-round 213 (74-72-67) to finish tied for third, and break her own school record of 217 for best individual 54-hole performance. The junior's third-round 67 (-5) is tied for the second-lowest single-round score in program history, behind only the 64 that she posted earlier this season at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational.
Shutt now holds three of the four lowest rounds in school history. The Dover, Ohio, native was named to the Kiawah Island Spring Classic All-Tournament Team for her performance. Her impressive 5-under 67 in Tuesday's final round featured six birdies and 11 pars as she moved from tied for 18th to tied for third. Shutt's 67 also tied for the second-lowest single round of the event.
Rattika Sittigool was brilliant for the Penguins as well, recording the third-lowest three-round score in school history with a 218 (71-74-73) to finish in a tie for 21st. The freshman's 1-under 71 in the first round on Sunday included 10 pars, three birdies and her first-career eagle. Sittigool also tied for second among all golfers in par-5 scoring, going 6-under with an average of 4.54.
Freshman Puthita Khuanrudee also put together a strong performance with a career-best three-round mark of 221 (73-74-74) to finished tied for 34th. That score is tied for the fourth-lowest individual 54-hole performance by a Penguin.
Jenna Vivo also turned in the best three-round score of her career with a 226 (75-77-74). She notched the first eagle of her career during Sunday's first round, and shot a new career-low round with a 74 on Tuesday. Victoria Grans posted a three-round 237 (77-81-79).
In addition to its record-setting final round, Youngstown State's third-round team mark of 288 is tied for the second-lowest 18-hole score in program history. The Penguins also fired a 288 at the Dayton Fall Invitational earlier this season. YSU's first-round 293 ranks as the sixth-lowest 18-hole mark as the Penguins have now recorded the six lowest single-round team scores in program history this season. The team's second-round 297 also ranks among the program's top-10 best 18-hole marks.
YSU finished seventh in a field of 49 teams at the largest collegiate golf tournament in the country. Coastal Carolina and North Florida shared the tournament championship as each posted three-round team marks of 865. Sydney Shrader of North Florida earned medalist honors by one stroke with a 9-under 207 (72-68-67).
The Penguins will continue their spring slate March 11-12 with the Benbow Collegiate Tournament at Blue Sky Golf Club in Jacksonville, Fla.