YSU duo qualifies for Ohio Amateur

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State golfers Cole Christman and Ken Keller have each qualified to play in the 114th Ohio Amateur Championship.

Christman, a Boardman High School graduate, tied for third place, and Keller, of Cardinal Mooney High School, placed fifth in a qualifier at Westwood Country Club in Rocky River, Ohio, on Monday. Christman fired a one-over-par 72 while Keller carded a two-over 73.

Christman participated in all seven tournaments and 18 rounds for the Penguins as a freshman in 2019-20. His 76.6 scoring average was the lowest mark by a freshman since 2012-13. He recorded a low round of 69, and his best finish came when he tied for ninth at the George Mason Orlando Invitational with a three-round score of 227 (75-78-74).

Keller has competed in all 29 tournaments that YSU has played since he joined the program in 2017-18. He averaged 73.9 strokes per round in 2019-20, which ranks as the fifth-lowest single-season average in program history. He earned medalist honors for the first time at the George Mason Orlando Invitational with a three-round total of 221 (72-74-75).

The Ohio Amateur Championship will take place July 14-17 at Columbus Country Club in Columbus.


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