Women’s golf set to defend title at Nevel Meade Collegiate

Youngstown State’s women’s golf team will continue its spring schedule Monday when it begins play at Nevel Meade Collegiate hosted by Cleveland State at Nevel Meade Golf Course in Prospect, Ky.

The Penguins will be looking to defend their tournament title after winning the event by 12 strokes last March. YSU’s red team posted team scores of 298 and 291 in the first two rounds to take a 13-stroke lead going into the final session. The Penguins closed the event with a 302 to finish 12 strokes ahead of runners-up Oakland.

YSU’s three-round team score of 891 ranks as the second-lowest 54-hole score in program history. The Penguins’ second-round 291 rank is tied for the sixth-lowest 18-hole team score in program history. Puthita Khuanrudee finished tied for second with a score of 218 in three rounds (71-76-71) while Danae Rugola finished tied for fifth with a score of 223 in three rounds (76-68-79). Rugola’s four-under 68 in the second round is tied for the fifth-lowest round in program history.

Three penguins competed as individuals in the Pizza Hut Lady Thunderbird Invitational hosted by Southern Utah, which ended Saturday at Sunbrook Golf Club in St. George, Utah.

Rugola is tied for 12th with a score of 226 (74-76-76) in three rounds to claim his fourth top 15 of the season. She has now also recorded six top-25 finishes in seven stroke play events in the campaign. Rugola has now been YSU’s top finisher in six of seven stroke play events this season. For her efforts, she was named Horizon League Women’s Golfer of the Week for the second time in her career on Thursday. Lizzie Saur finished tied for 27th with a three-round total of 231 (77-77-77) while Utrup tied for 89th with a three-round total of 250 (84-83-83).

The tournament grounds at Nevel Meade Collegiate will include 13 other schools, including Bellarmine, Bowling Green, Butler, Central Michigan, Cleveland State, Dayton, Detroit Mercy, Indiana State, Northern Kentucky, Oakland, Purdue Fort Wayne, Tennessee Tech and Toledo. YSU will have two teams competing at the event.

The teams will play 36 holes on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday in the 54-hole event. The game will begin with a gunshot at 9 a.m. on both days. The course will play approximately 5,953 yards and the par is 72. Live scoring will be available on Golfstat.com.

Head coach Nate Miklos announced that YSU’s red team will include Rugola, Khuanrudee, Madie Smithco, Saur and Christina Lewis. The Penguins white team will include Utrup, Victoria Gräns, Ally St. Clair, Jenna Vivo and Britney Jonda. Additionally, Kelly Hutton will be competing as an individual.

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