Grans Earns Medalist Honors, Penguins Finish Second at SSU Spring Invitational

Victoria Grans (Photo by Drae Smith)
Victoria Grans (Photo by Drae Smith)

Savannah, Ga. - Freshman Victoria Grans earned medalist honors to lead the Youngstown State women's golf team to a second-place finish in the one-day Savannah State Spring Invitational at Crosswinds Golf Club on Thursday.

Grans shot an even-par 72 to earn medalist honors for the first time in her career, and was one of four Penguins to finish in the top 10. It was the second straight event in which YSU had four golfers earn top-10 finishes. 

Grans collected her fourth top-10 finish of the season and third in the top five. The freshman's even-par 72 featured five birdies and nine pars. After carding a double bogey and two bogeys over her first three holes, she birdied or pared 14 consecutive holes from No. 4 to No. 17.

Grans became the second Penguin to earn medalist honors this season; Katlyn Shutt finished first in the team's season debut at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational in September. The Stockholm, Sweden, native is also now one of eight golfers in program history to have at least two rounds of par or better in a season.

Playing as an individual, Puthita Khuanrudee earned a career-best second-place finish with a 2-over-par 74. The freshman has now finished in the top 10 four times this season. Khuanrudee, who is typically a key part of YSU's team lineup, played as an individual after battling an illness that almost kept her out of competition on Thursday.

"I'm really proud of the way Victoria battled after a rough start," said Head Coach Nate Miklos. "Puthita also put together an amazing round after getting over an illness she had been dealing with the last few days."

Rattika Sittigool tied for seventh after posting an 80 while Shutt carded an 81 to finish tied for ninth. Jenna Vivo finished tied for 12th with an 82, and Megan Creager tied for 15th with an 84.

Sittigool placed in the top 10 for the second time this season, and for the second straight event while Shutt claimed her fifth top-10 finish of 2018-19. Vivo earned her third top-15 finish of the campaign, and Creager placed in the top-20 for the second time.

"As a team, we really struggled today and simply didn't execute," said Miklos. "We have some time off now before we compete again, which will be good. We will put this one behind us and continue to place our focus on becoming the best team we can be."

The Penguins will return to the course April 7-8 for the Indiana State University Invitational at the Country Club of Terre Haute in Terre Haute, Ind.

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