The Youngstown State women's golf team won four events and achieved a multitude of individual and team milestones during a very impressive 2018-19 season.
Head Coach Nate Miklos, who earned Horizon League Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his tenure, guided the Penguins to one of their best statistical seasons in program history. The team set new school records for lowest 18-hole, 36-hole and 54-hole performance.
YSU played an event in seven different states including Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia and Indiana, from early September to late April. Below is a list of team and individual accomplishments from the memorable campaign.
Four Tournament Victories
- This past season marked just the fifth time in school history that the program won at least four tournaments. Miklos also coached YSU to four wins in 2014-15 and 2015-16.
- YSU began the season with a dominating win at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational, which it hosted September 3-4 at Mill Creek Golf Course in Boardman, Ohio. The Penguins finished ahead of second-place Marshall by 15 strokes and had three golfers finish in the top 10.
- Youngstown State finished its fall slate with another impressive victory on October 16 at the Dayton Fall Invitational at NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio. YSU earned a five-stroke victory over Findlay and again had three golfers place in the top 10.
- The Penguins also won a pair of events during the spring portion of their schedule. The first was an 11-stroke victory on March 12 at the Benbow Invitational at Blue Sky Golf Club in Jacksonville, Fla. Four YSU golfers placed in the top 10 of the individual standings.
- Four Penguins also finished top-10 in a 10-stroke win at the one-day YSU Spring Invitational at Youngstown Country Club on April 13. In total, Youngstown State finished first or second in seven of its 12 events.
Rewriting The Record Books
- Youngstown State set numerous team and individual school records during the 2018-19 campaign. The team also finished the season with a Golfstat national scoring ranking of 139, which matched the program record set in 1996-97.
- The Penguins set a new program standard with a 302.9 single-round team scoring average. The previous record of 311 was set in 2014-15, and Miklos has now coached YSU to the four lowest single-round averages in school history.
- This year's squad also set new single-season school records for birdies (215), eagles (7), par 3 scoring (3.31), par 4 scoring (4.30), par 5 scoring (5.17) and finish percentage (73.1%).
- Impressively, YSU carded the seven lowest 18-hole team scores in program history in 2018-19, besting the previous record of 296 that was set in 2015. The team's 2-under-par 286 at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational was the first team round of par or better in school history.
- The Guins went on to post three rounds of par or better in total. Additionally, the team carded the five lowest and 11 of the 14 lowest rounds versus par in YSU women's golf history. YSU fired 10 single-round marks of below 300 this season; there were only four such rounds in program history prior.
- The Penguins also carded the three lowest 36-hole team scores in program history this past season. The team's school-record 577 at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational shattered the previous mark of 599, which was set in February of 2015.
- YSU also posted three of the four lowest 54-hole performances in program history. The Penguins' three-round 878 at the Kiawah Island Spring Classic smashed the previous school record of 913.
Lowest 18-Hole Scores in YSU History:
- 285 – Indiana State Spring Invitational (April 7, 2019)
- 286 – Roseann Schwartz Invitational (Sept. 3, 2018)
- 288 – Dayton Fall Invitational (Oct. 16, 2018)
- 288 – Kiawah Island Spring Classic (Feb. 26, 2019)
- 291 – Roseann Schwartz Invitational (Sept. 4, 2018)
- 292 – Dayton Fall Invitational (Oct. 15, 2018)
- 293 – Kiawah Island Spring Classic (Feb. 24, 2019)
Lowest 36-Hole Scores in YSU History:
- 577 – Roseann Schwartz Invitational (Sept. 3-4, 2018)
- 580 – Dayton Fall Invitational (Oct. 15-16, 2018)
- 585 – Indiana State University Invitational (April 7-8, 2019)
Lowest 54-Hole Scores in YSU History:
- 878 – Kiawah Island Spring Classic (Feb. 24-26, 2019)
- 913 – NKU Fall Classic (2016-17)
- 923 – NKU Fall Classic (Sept. 10-11, 2018)
- 925 – Penn State Nittany Lion Invitational (Sept. 22-23, 2018)
Lowest Rounds vs. Par in YSU History
- 285 (-3) – Indiana State Spring Invitational (April 7, 2019)
- 286 (-2) – Roseann Schwartz Invitational (Sept. 3, 2018)
- 288 (E) – Kiawah Island Spring Classic (Feb. 26, 2019)
- 291 (+3) – Roseann Schwartz Invitational (Sept. 4, 2018)
- 293 (+5) – Kiawah Island Spring Classic (Feb. 24, 2019)
- 288 (+8) – Dayton Fall Invitational (Oct. 16, 2018)
- 296 (+8) – MAC Fall Preview (Oct. 11, 2015)
- 297 (+9) – Kiawah Island Spring Classic (Feb. 25, 2019)
- 298 (+10) – Benbow Invitational (March 11, 2019)
- 298 (+10) – YSU Spring Invitational (April 13, 2019)
- 292 (+12) – Dayton Fall Invitational (Oct. 15, 2018)
- 296 (+12) – Delta Gamma Challenge (Feb. 15, 2015)
- 300 (+12) – Indiana State Spring Invitational (April 7, 2019)
- 300 (+12) – Roseann Schwartz Invitational (Sept. 2, 2014)
Four Penguins Earn All-League Honors
- YSU had a school-record four golfers earn postseason Horizon League honors this season. Katlyn Shutt and Puthita Khuanrudee were each named First-Team All-Horizon League, and Khuanrudee was named Freshman of the Year. In addition, freshmen Victoria Grans and Rattika Sittigool were each named Second-Team All-Horizon League.
- It's a rare feat for one team to have four All-Horizon League honorees. Only Oakland in 2018 and Butler in 2006 have also had four players earn all-league recognition in the same season. The Penguins previously had three players be named to the all-league teams in 2003 and 2016.
- This was the 13th consecutive season in which at least one Penguin was named All-Horizon League. It was the seventh time in program history that YSU had multiple players garner all-league honors, and the first time since 2016.
- Shutt and Khuanrudee joined Courtney Shutt (2018), Reva Morris (2017) and current assistant coach Emily Dixon (2016) as Penguins who have garnered first-team recognition.
- At least one Penguin has earned All-Horizon League honors in each of Miklos' six seasons leading the program, and he has now had at least one first-team honoree in four straight campaigns.
- It was the first time in Horizon League history that a team had three freshmen garner all-league recognition. It was also the first time in school history that multiple freshmen earned all-league honors in the same campaign.
- Khuanrudee became the fifth Penguin to be named the conference's Newcomer or Freshman of the Year, and the third since Miklos took over as head coach in 2013. She joined Katie Rogner (2008), Samantha Formeck (2009), Gabby Minor (2016) and Reva Morris (2017).
- In addition to the four golfers honored, Miklos earned Horizon League Coach of the Year honors for the third time in his career, and the second time during his tenure at YSU. He was previously named the Horizon League Co-Coach of the Year while at Loyola in 2004 and in 2017 during his fourth season with the Penguins.
Shutt Shines During Historic Junior Season
- First-Team All-Horizon League honoree Katlyn Shutt cemented her place as one of the best golfers in YSU history with an historic junior campaign. She averaged a team-best and school-record 74.35 strokes per round, which ranked second in the Horizon League.
- The junior finished the season with a national rating of 257, which easily bested the previous mark of 349 set by Emily Dixon in 2015-16. Shutt was also named Horizon League Female Golfer of the Week on February 27.
- She earned medalist honors at two different events and set new program records for lowest 18-hole (64), 36-hole (132) and 54-hole performance (213). Her 8-under-par 64 at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational is the lowest round in school history.
- Overall, Shutt posted the two lowest and four of the six lowest rounds ever recorded by a YSU women's golfer. The junior carded four sub-70 rounds this past season; there were only two such rounds in program history prior.
- She also fired the three lowest and four of the five lowest individual rounds in relation to par in school history. The junior became the first Penguin to ever record multiple rounds of 70 or below in their career.
- In total, Shutt earned six top-five finishes and eight in the top 10. She recorded a single-season school record of seven rounds of par or better, and tied the YSU career record of nine. She also set new single-season school records with 59 birdies and three eagles in 2018-19. Her five career eagles are also the most in program history.
- Shutt shot two of the three lowest individual rounds in program history (68-64) in YSU's season-opening win at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational to earn medalist honors by a dominating 12 strokes. Her 36-hole total of 132 (-12) set a new school mark, breaking the previous record of 140, set by current assistant coach Aislynn Merling in 2015.
- She also tied for medalist honors with an even-par 72 at the YSU Spring Invitational.
- Shutt finished third at the Dayton Fall Invitational with a two-round 143 (73-70), which is tied for the fourth-lowest 36-hole score in school history.
- The Dover, Ohio, native also carded a three-round 213 (74-72-67) at the Kiawah Island Spring Classic to finish tied for third, and break her own school record of 217 for best individual 54-hole performance.
- The junior's 5-under-par 67 in the final round is tied for the second-lowest single-round score in program history, behind only her 64 earlier in the season. She was named to the Kiawah Island Spring Classic All-Tournament Team for her performance.
- Shutt capped off her historic campaign by finishing tied for second at the Horizon League Championships with a three-round 228 (79-75-74). She was named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team for the second time in her career; she also earned the distinction after winning medalist honors as a freshman in 2017.
- After the season, Shutt was honored as the Joseph F. Malmisur Female Athlete of the Year at the YSU Athletic Department's annual Scholar Athlete Banquet.
Khuanrudee Named Freshman of the Year
- Horizon League Freshman of the Year Puthita Khuanrudee averaged 75.46 strokes per round during a sensational debut season. That mark also bested the previous school record of 75.50, set by Emily Dixon in 2015-16. She ranked third in the league in scoring average going into the Horizon League Championships.
- She competed in all 12 of the team's events with three top-five finishes and six in the top 10. The freshman matched Shutt with four team-high finishes, and posted a low round of 71 on two different occasions. Her three-round 221 (73-74-74) at the Kiawah Island Spring Classic is tied for the fourth-lowest 54-hole score in program history.
- The First-Team All-Horizon League honoree earned a season-best second-place finish with a 2-over-par 74 at the Savannah State Spring Invitational. She also shot even par and finished third at the Indiana State University Invitational with a season-best two-round score of 144 (71-73). That two-round mark is tied for the sixth-lowest 36-hole score in school history.
- Khuanrudee also tied for ninth at the NKU Fall Classic with a three-round 224 (76-74-74), which is tied for the seventh-lowest 54-hole performance in program history. She placed eighth in her collegiate debut at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational with a two-round 148 (73-75), and tied for ninth at the Dayton Fall Invitational with a 149 (71-78).
- The native of Thailand finished fourth at the YSU Spring Invitational with a 1-over-par 73, and 11th at the Horizon League Championships with a three-round 239 (78-79-82). Only one freshman placed higher than Khuanrudee at the league meet.
- The freshman set a school record for par 3 scoring average (3.13), and her par 4 scoring average of 4.25 ranks third. Additionally, her 45 birdies are tied for the fourth-most in a single season in school history.
Freshmen Make Major Impact
- In addition to Khuanrudee, Victoria Grans, Rattika Sittigool and Jenna Vivo also enjoyed standout freshman seasons. All four golfers competed in at least 11 events, and each were a part of the YSU's lineup at the Horizon League Championships.
- Grans, a Second-Team All-Horizon League honoree, averaged 76.46 strokes per round. That ranks as the fifth-lowest single-season scoring average in school history. She ranked fifth in the league in scoring average prior to the Horizon League Championships.
- She participated in all 12 of the team's events, earning three top-five finishes and four in the top 10. Grans won medalist honors at the Savannah State Spring Invitational with an even-par 72, and was YSU's top finisher in three different tournaments. She was named the Horizon League Female Golfer of the Week on March 20.
- Grans fired a 2-under-par 70 in her first collegiate round at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational. That round is tied for the seventh-lowest single round in program history. She went on to record a two-round 146 (70-76) in her first tournament to finish tied for third. That performance ranks among the top-10 36-hole scores in school history.
- The freshman also fired a two-round 142 (71-71) in YSU's win at the Dayton Fall Invitational to finish second. Her two-round 142 ranks as the third-lowest 36-hole score in program history.
- Grans' par 4 scoring average of 4.24 ranks second in school history, and her 45 birdies are the tied for the fourth-most in a single season. She is one of only five Penguins to shoot at least one round of 2-under-par or better in their career. She is also one of six Penguins to ever shoot a 36-hole score below 145.
- Sittigool, who was also named Second-Team All-Horizon League, averaged 77.29 strokes per round; that mark ranks eighth all-time on the YSU single-season chart. She ranked seventh in the league in scoring average prior to the Horizon League Championships.
- She participated in 11 of YSU's 12 tournaments with four top-10 finishes, and two more in the top 20. Her low round of the season was an even-par 70 in the team's victory at the Dayton Fall Invitational, which tied for the seventh-lowest round in school history.
- The freshman's best finish came in YSU's win at the Benbow Invitational, when she tied for sixth with a two-round 152 (73-79). Sittigool's three-round 218 (71-74-73) at the Kiawah Island Spring Classic ranks as the third-lowest 54-hole score in program history.
- Sittigool carded three rounds of par or better, which is tied for the fourth-most in a single season in school history. She is one of only five players in YSU history to notch at least three rounds of par or better in a season. Her three rounds of par or better also rank tied for fourth on the YSU career chart.
- Sittigool and Grans are two of just seven golfers in YSU history to shoot a round of 70 or better during their career. They are also two of only eight Penguins to record multiple rounds of par or better in a single campaign.
- Vivo ranked 12th in the Horizon League in scoring average ahead of the league championships, and finished the season averaging 78.45 strokes per round. That mark ranks among the top-15 single-season scoring averages in program history.
- She competed in 11 of 12 events with two top-10 finishes and five in the top 15. She finished top-15 in four of YSU's final five tournaments. She tied for sixth at the Benbow Invitational with a two-round 152 (76-76), and at the YSU Spring Invitational with a 76.
- The Boardman, Ohio, native carded a low round of 74 on two different occasions. Her three-round 226 (75-77-74) at the Kiawah Island Spring Classic ranks as the 10th-lowest 54-hole performance in program history.
- Vivo finished tied for 14th in her collegiate debut at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational with a two-round 153 (78-75). She also tied for 12th at the Savannah State Spring Invitational and tied for 15th at the Indiana State University Invitational.
- In addition to the talented group of freshman, sophomore Kara Raines earned a pair of top-15 finishes this past season. She earned medalist honors for the first time in her career with a 76 at the JCU One Day Shootout on April 6. She also placed 11th at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational with a two-round 150 (75-75).
Creager Concludes Accomplished Career
- Megan Creager concluded an accomplished four-year career at Youngstown State as the only senior on the 2018-19 team.
- She competed in 10 of the team's 12 tournaments, compiling two top-20 finishes and four in the top 25. Her best finish of the campaign came when she placed 15th at the Savannah State Invitational. She twice carded a low round of 75 when she tied for 18th at the NKU Fall Classic with a three-round 229 (75-79-75).
- She finished her career ranked 10th in program history with 75 birdies, and 12th with 76 rounds played. Her career scoring average also ranks 12th in school history.
- Creager was also named to the Horizon League All-Academic Team for the second straight season. She became the ninth player in program history to earn all-academic honors multiple times.
- In the classroom, the Milford, Ohio, native posted a 3.86 grade-point average as a marketing management major and was the 2018-19 recipient of YSU's Lester F. Donnell Scholarship. She is a three-time WGCA All-American Scholar, and four-time member of the Horizon League Academic Honor Roll.