Grans and Khuanrudee Share Medalist Honors as Penguins Win Roseann Schwartz Invitational

YSU Women's Golf wins Roseann Schwartz Invitational (Photo by Rob Hayes)
YSU Women's Golf wins Roseann Schwartz Invitational (Photo by Rob Hayes)

Boardman, Ohio - Sophomores Victoria Grans and Puthita Khuanrudee shared medalist honors to lead the Youngstown State women's golf team to a dominating 36-stroke victory in the sixth annual Roseann Schwartz Invitational on Tuesday at Mill Creek Golf Course.

The Penguins won the event for the second straight season and the third time overall. YSU finished with a two-round team score of 583, which ranks as the third-lowest 36-hole score in program history. The Guins carded a one-under-par 287 on Monday to build a commanding 17-stroke lead, and fired a 296 on Tuesday to pull away comfortably. The Penguins were the only team to record a round of below 300.

Youngstown State finished 36 strokes ahead of second-place Cleveland State, which turned in a two-round total of 619. Niagara finished four strokes back of the Vikings in third, St. Francis (Pa.) was fourth and Capital and Mount St. Mary's placed fifth and sixth, respectively.

YSU had each of the top four individual finishers, and five Penguins placed in the top 10. Khuanrudee and Grans each carded a two-round 144 to share medalist honors. Their performances are tied for the sixth-lowest individual 36-hole scores in school history.

Khuanrudee, who was four strokes off the lead at the start of the day, matched her career low round with a one-under-par 71 that featured 13 pars and three birdies. She played her final 11 holes at two under par with birdies on No. 7 and No. 16. The sophomore's two-round 144 also matched a career low, and she earned medalist honors for the first time in her career.

Grans, who began the final round three strokes back of the lead, fired an even-par 72 for the second straight day with 10 pars and four birdies. She birdied two of her first three holes, and went on to play her final nine holes at one under par. It marks the second time in her young career that Grans has claimed tournament medalist honors.

Christina Lewis placed third in her collegiate debut with a two-round 147 (73-74). The freshman's two-over-par 74 in the final round included 12 pars and three birdies. She finished strong by making par or better on eight of her last nine holes including each of the final seven.

Danae Rugola, who began Tuesday's final round with a three-shot lead, placed fourth in her collegiate debut with a two-round total of 148 (69-79). The freshman's final-round 79 featured nine pars and a birdie on No. 17. Her three-under-par 69 in the first round was the lowest individual round of the event.

Playing as an individual, Jenna Vivo finished 10th with a two-round 156 (79-77). The sophomore got off to a solid start by making par on each of her first six holes. After a pair of bogeys, she went on to make par on eight of her final 10 holes including each of the final five.

Tori Utrup matched her career low with a two-round mark of 160 (81-79) to finish tied for 14th. The junior finished her final round by making par on each of her last seven holes. Sophomore Britney Jonda tied for 19th with a career-best two-round score of 161 (78-83).

Junior Kara Raines (79-85) and freshman Ally St. Clair (83-81) each finished with a two-round 164 to tie for 23rd. St. Clair notched a pair of birdies on No. 7 and No. 18 while Raines closed out her round with a birdie on No. 18 as well.

Youngstown State will resume its fall schedule Sept. 14-15 with the Bucknell Invitational at Bucknell Golf Club in Lewisburg, Pa.