Merling shoots 79 again, but YSU in 18th place


Staff report

South Bend, Ind.

The Youngstown State women’s golf team battled through a nearly three-hour delay during the second round of the NCAA South Bend Regional on Friday to finish with a score of 322.

The Penguins ended their round strong after the delay as Emily Dixon (80-80—160), Aislynn Merling (79-79—158), Allison Mitzel (77-86—163) and Courtney Shutt (75-82—157) all parred hole No. 9, YSU’s final of the day. Prior the delay, Emily Rohanna (87-81—168) had already parred the par-3 hole.

YSU began its day at 9:39 a.m. and the round concluded at 6:25 p.m. The 18th-place Penguins have a two-round total of 633 following a 322 on Saturday. YSU opened the with a 311 on Friday. Leading the way is Duke followed by Purdue and Wake Forest. Today, the Penguins will once again be paired with golfers from San Jose State and Troy. SJSU is 16th with a 613 while Troy is 17th at 622. Those teams will tee off starting at 9:39 a.m.

Shutt, who carded a career-best 75 on Thursday, posted an 82 on Friday. Playing in the last group of the day, she made par on her first four holes of the day before posting a three-over par 39 on the back nine. On the front side, she had four pars, including one on the ninth to end her round. She sits in 77th place through 36 holes with a 157.

Merling had YSU’s best round of the day with a 79.

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