Women's Golf Continues Fall Slate Saturday at Nittany Lion Invitational

Kara Raines (Photo by Drae Smith)
Kara Raines (Photo by Drae Smith)

The Youngstown State women's golf team will continue its fall slate on Saturday when it begins play in the 2019 Nittany Lion Invitational hosted by Penn State at the Penn State Blue Course in State College, Pa.

The Penguins will be traveling to central Pennsylvania for the second time in as many weekends. YSU is coming off a second-place finish last week at the Bucknell Invitational in Lewisburg, Pa. Three Penguins placed in the top 10, and the team's three-round score of 898 ranks as the second-lowest 54-hole performance in program history.

Youngstown State will be competing in Penn State's event for the third consecutive fall and the fourth time in the last five seasons. This year's field features 11 other schools including Akron, Bucknell, Georgetown, High Point, Navy, Ohio, Penn, Penn State, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Towson.

The teams are scheduled to play 36 holes on Saturday and 18 on Sunday. Play on Saturday will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. while tee times for Sunday's final round will begin at 8 a.m. The course will play approximately 6,322 yards and par is 72. Live scoring will be available via Golfstat.com and the Golfstat mobile app.

Head Coach Nate Miklos has announced that YSU's lineup will include Puthita Khuanrudee, Christina Lewis, Danae Rugola, Jenna Vivo and Kara Raines. Khuanrudee, Lewis and Rugola have been part of the lineup in each of the team's first two events. Khuanrudee finished fourth at the Bucknell Invitational after sharing medalist honors at the season-opening Roseann Schwartz Invitational. Lewis and Rugola have earned top-10 finishes in each of their first two collegiate events.

Vivo will make her second consecutive appearance in YSU's lineup after finishing 10th as an individual in the season opener. Raines, who finished tied for 23rd at the Roseann Schwartz Invitational, returns to the lineup after not competing last week at the Bucknell Invitational.

Penn State and Washington each finished last year's event at even par with three-round scores of 864. The Nittany Lions won a tiebreaker to secure their third victory at the event in four years. Youngstown State posted a three-round 925 to finished tied for 11th out of 16 teams. The Penguins' 925 currently ranks as the fifth-lowest 54-hole mark in school history.

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