Penguins Conclude Play at Southern Intercollegiate Championships

Ken Keller
Ken Keller

Athens, Ga. - The Youngstown State men's golf team concluded play in the Southern Intercollegiate Championships at Athens Country Club on Monday.

The Penguins were in action for the third time in four days after beginning their spring schedule at the Jackrabbit Invitational in Boulder City, Nev. on Friday and Saturday. Youngstown State was competing against a very challenging field which included teams from the ACC, Big Ten and SEC.

YSU finished 18th with a total score of 642 in the one-day event after shooting a 322 in the first round and a 320 in the second round.

Ken Keller was YSU's top finisher for the first time this season with a two-round 158 (77-81). The freshman's first-round 77 was the Penguins' best score of the round and he carded his second-career eagle on No. 6 in the second round. It was Keller's second eagle in three days as he earned the first of his career during an impressive third round at the Jackrabbit Invitational on Saturday.

Justin Hallapy finished one stroke back of Keller with a score of 159 (83-76) while Kevin Scherr was just behind him with a 160 (80-80). Hallapy's second-round 76 was YSU's lowest single-round score of the event. C.J. Hughes posted a 166 (82-84) while Dominic Carano turned in a 168 (85-83).

Arkansas won the event by an impressive 17 strokes at nine under par with a two-round total of 567 (285-282). The Razorbacks' second-round 282 was the best single-round team score of the tournament. Kennesaw State and one of Georgia's two teams in the field tied for second place.

Arkansas teammates Alvaro Ortiz and Luis Garza shared medalist honors as each finished with a three-under-par 141. After shooting a 74 and finishing the first round in a tie for 16th, Ortiz carded a tournament-low 67 in the second round to climb to the top of the leaderboard. Garza posted a 68 in the first round and followed it up with a 73 in the second.

Youngstown State will be back on the course March 25-27 at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va. for the Kingsmill Intercollegiate hosted by William & Mary.

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