The Youngstown State men's golf team will begin play at the Horizon League Championships on Sunday at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla.
The event will take place on the resort's El Campeon Course as the teams will play 18 holes on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday to determine the conference champion. The course will play approximately 6,670 yards and par is 71.
The Penguins will be paired with Wright State and Northern Kentucky and will tee off between 8:20-9 a.m. The YSU lineup will include Justin Hallapy, Jason McQuown, C.J. Hughes, Ken Keller and Kevin Scherr.
McQuown will be competing for the third consecutive season while Hallapy will be making his second appearance. Hughes, Keller and Scherr will be making their Horizon League Championships debuts.
McQuown will be the most experienced Penguin at the event. He has competed at the past two league events and was YSU's top finisher at 24th last season with a three-round total of 233 featuring a 75 in the first round. He also finished 30th as a freshman in 2016.
McQuown has played in eight tournaments and 22 rounds this season with an average of 78.6 strokes per round. He had a career-best, eighth-place finish with a three-round 224 at the Titans Motown Collegiate to help YSU to a second-place team finish. His second-round 73 at the event was his best round of the season.
Hallapy will be competing at the Horizon League Championships for the second time after making his debut last season. The senior has participated in eight tournaments and 22 rounds this season with an average of 78.3 strokes per round. He earned two top-20 finishes and was YSU's top finisher on two occasions.
Hallapy finished tied for 15th at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational with a two-round 142 (72-70). The second-round 70 was his season low and the team's second-best round of the season. He also finished in a tie for 19th at the Titans Motown Collegiate with a three-round 229 (75-74-80).
The trio of Hughes, Keller and Scherr are coming off extremely impressive freshman seasons. Each of them participated in all 10 tournaments and 27 rounds this season, gaining invaluable experience in their debut campaigns.
Hughes has finished in the top 15 three times and in the top 20 on four occasions, both of which are team highs. He leads the team with an average of 76.5 strokes per round and was YSU's top finisher on three occasions. He earned a season-best, third-place finish at the Titans Motown Collegiate with a three-round 220 (75-74-71) to lead the Penguins to a second-place team finish. The freshman posted a low round of 71 in two different rounds. Hughes finished tied for 10th at the Cleveland State Invitational and tied for 14th at the Towson Invitational.
Keller comes into the league meet playing his best golf of the season. The freshman has finished in the top 20 twice and been his team's top finisher in each of the last three events. He earned a season-best, ninth-place finish at the Towson Invitational earlier this month with a two-round 151 (76-75). He also finished tied for 19th at the Kingsmill Intercollegiate with a three-round 219 (76-74-69). The freshman's third-round 69 (-1) was a career best and the lowest single-round score for any YSU golfer this season. Keller is also third on the team with an average of 77.3 strokes per round.
Scherr has two top-20 finishes this season and one in the top 10. He registered a season-best, seventh-place finish at the Titans Motown Collegiate with a three-round 223 (72-78-73). The freshman was YSU's top finisher at the Jackrabbit Invitational and posted a season-low 71 in the final round. He is second on the team with an average of 76.9 strokes per round.
The program's best finish at the Horizon League Championships was in 2006 when the Penguins were second. YSU has placed third in 2014, 2011, 2010 and 2008. Cleveland State has won the last four tournaments and has been first seven times since 2008.
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