The Youngstown State women's golf team will return to action Monday as it competes in the NKU Fall Classic hosted by Northern Kentucky at Elks Run Golf Club in Batavia, Ohio.
The Penguins are coming off a dominant victory in their fall debut at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational earlier this week. YSU won the event by 15 strokes after turning in a school-record 577 (+1) in the 36-hole event.
Junior Katlyn Shutt put forth one of greatest performances in school history, shooting the program's two lowest rounds in relation to par. She gained the lead with a four-under 68 in the first round before carding the best round in program history, an eight-under 64, in the final round to earn medalist honors.
The field at NKU will feature 12 other schools including fellow Horizon League members Northern Kentucky, Detroit Mercy, Green Bay, IUPUI, Oakland and UIC as well as Cincinnati, Dayton, Eastern Illinois, Lipscomb, Morehead State and defending champion UNC Asheville.
Head Coach Nate Miklos has announced that Shutt will be joined by four true freshman in the YSU lineup: Victoria Grans, Puthita Khuanrudee, Rattika Sittigool and Jenna Vivo. Each of the freshmen enjoyed impressive collegiate debuts as all four finished in the top 15.
Senior Megan Creager and sophomore Kara Raines will also be competing as individuals. Raines shot the two lowest rounds of her career to finish 11th at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational while Creager tied for 24th.
The teams will play 36 holes on Monday before returning to play the final 18 on Tuesday with shotgun starts scheduled for 8:30 a.m. each day. The course will play 6,053 yards and par is 71. Live scoring will be available via GolfStat.com and the GolfStat app.
Comments from Coach Miklos:
"We had an incredible start to the season this past weekend and now it's time to build on that start. We have an opportunity to go against a very strong field at NKU including six Horizon League schools. It will be a great test, especially for our freshmen, playing our first 54-hole event of the season. We did a great job of focusing on the things within our control last weekend and we'll need to do the same in order to continue that success."
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