Men's Golf Adds Transfer Zack Ford

Zack Ford will join the YSU Men's Golf program this spring.
Zack Ford will join the YSU Men's Golf program this spring.

The Youngstown State men's golf program has added transfer Zack Ford, Head Coach Tony Joy announced on Friday. Ford will be eligible to compete for the Penguins as a redshirt sophomore during the upcoming spring portion of the 2018-19 season, which is slated to begin March 8-9.

"Having Zack join our program this spring will add an experienced player who can come in and make an immediate impact," Joy said. "Being a talented player and excellent student, I know he will be a good fit with his teammates."

Ford, who was a sought-after recruit coming out Cochranton, Pa., joins the program after spending the past two-plus seasons at East Tennessee State. As a freshman in 2016-17, he played in seven tournaments for the Bucs and posted a scoring average of 76.4. His career-low score of 72 came in the first round of the Schenkel Invitational. Ford competed in two events and six rounds this past fall, carding a low round of 74 in each of the final two rounds at the Rod Myers Invitational. He was twice named to the Southern Conference Honor Roll at ETSU.

Ford was a multi-sport athlete at Cochranton Junior-Senior High School, earning letters in both golf (four years) and basketball (two years) for the Cardinals. He was named Meadville Tribune Player of the Year in addition to being a three-time first team all-region and three-time first team all-district selection. As a senior, Ford finished third at the PIAA Championship on his way to earning first team all-state honors.

In addition to his high school accomplishments, Ford posted one top-five, two top-15 and three top-20 finishes on the American Junior Golf Association level. He earned a fourth-place finish at the New Era Junior Championship with a two-under-par 214 (70-68-76) at Harvest Hill Golf Course in Orchard Park, N.Y., while finishing tied for 12th at the JoS. A. Bank / David Leadbetter Championship at Cattail Creek Country Club in Glenwood, Md.

The Penguins will begin their spring season March 8-9 with the Jackrabbit Invitational hosted by South Dakota State at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nev.