Toledo freshman Palmer Yenrick top junior player

Palmer Yenrick (Clay), who will be a freshman on the University of Toledo golf team this year, was named the Frank Stranahan Boys Player of the Year by the Toledo Junior Golf Association at its award ceremony at the Inverness Club this week.
        Participating in eight events this summer, Yenrick had a scoring average of 72.7 strokes per 18 holes and outdistanced second place Luke Gordon of Perrysburg in total points, 3,385 to 2,108.37. Danny Greenhill, who will be a junior at Woodmore, finished sixth out of 68 golfers with a scoring average of 78.89 and 1,534.25 points.
        Yenrick won the Northwest Ohio PGA Championship at South Toledo Golf Club, shooting a two-under par 69. Greenhill and Yenrick tied for the championship in the Eastern Landing Junior, both shooting a 71 to finish one under par.
        At the Heatherdowns Junior, Yenrick won the title with a one over par 72 and he took the Lew Osterman Memorial at Bowling Green’s Stone Ridge Golf Club, shooting a three under par 70-69—139.
        At Clay, the 5-foot-10 Yenrick earned first team All-Three Rivers Athletic Conference both his junior and senior year, first team all-district and district player of the year as a senior, and second team all-district as a junior.
        He posted 71.3 stroke average as a senior and became the first Eagles’ male or female golfer to qualify for state tournament by earning medalist honors in Northwest District Division I tournament. He also earned medalist honors at the TRAC Championship and sectional tournament.
        In addition, Yenrick was a first team all-conference in baseball as a senior and second-team all-conference as a junior, leading or tying the team lead in batting average, runs scored and stolen bases. He posted a 3-1 win-loss mark with a team-best 1.08 ERA to go along with five saves.
        The son of Robert and Holly Yenrick, Palmer will major in business at UT.
        The Toledo men's golf team will take on another challenging schedule under coach Jeff Roope. After competing against 18 of the 30 programs that qualified for the 2019 NCAA Championships last season, the Rockets will experience more of the same when they travel to nine different states in their 2019-20 campaign. 
     "Our schedule should serve as motivation for our team and is a source of pride for our program," Roope said.  "We played a top 75 schedule in the country leading up to the MAC Championships last year and expect that this year's schedule will rate equally as high."
     Highlighting Toledo's schedule will be the 15th-annual Inverness Intercollegiate on Sept. 23-24 at the historic Inverness Club in Toledo. Fourteen schools will be joining the Rockets for the event with 12 ranked in the Top 100 of Golfstat's final rankings. Highlighting the field are three 2019 NCAA Championship participants – Auburn, LSU and Ohio State - and six 2019 NCAA Regional qualifiers – Texas Tech, Tennessee, Michigan State, St. Mary's, Kent State and UNC Wilmington. Also competing in the tournament will be Kennesaw State, Michigan, Missouri, Northern Illinois and Notre Dame.
     "We owe a debt of gratitude for the opportunity afforded to us by the membership at Inverness and those who support the Inverness Intercollegiate," said Roope, who guided the Rockets to a third-place finish at last year's MAC Championships. "By hosting one of the best events in college golf we are able to trade on that for entry into some of the other top events in the country."
     Toledo will begin its fall season at Duke's Rod Myers Invitational on Sept. 14-15 before returning home to host the Inverness Intercollegiate on Sept. 23-24. The Blue Devils appeared in the NCAA Championships last year for the third straight season and were ranked 15th in the final Golfstat rankings.
     The Rockets will open the month of October by competing at Notre Dame's Fighting Irish Classic (Oct. 7-8) for a third straight season. The tournament will be held at Warren Golf Course, the host of the 2019 U.S. Senior Open. Toledo will head south to Georgia two weeks later for Kennesaw State's Pinetree Intercollegiate (Oct. 21-22). The Rockets will wrap up their fall for a fourth-straight season with a trip to Pebble Beach, Calif. for the Saint Mary's Invitational (Nov. 4-6), a tourney that included three teams ranked in Golfstat's Top 25 last year.
     Toledo returns to action in the spring with a trip to the Sunshine State for the Florida Gators Invitational (Feb. 15-16) in Gainesville, Fla. Just over a week later, the Rockets will compete in the University of Houston's Border Olympics (Feb. 24-25) in Laredo, Texas.
     Toledo will open its spring break by competing in the Tiger Invitational (March 8-10) hosted by Auburn University, a program that has advanced to the NCAA Championships each of the last eight years. The tournament will be held at the Robert Trent Jones Grand National Golf Course, the host of a PGA Tour event from 2015-17. The Rockets will close out March by competing at UNC-Wilmington's Seahawk Intercollegiate (March 29-30).
        Toledo will receive its final tune-ups prior to the MAC Championships (May 1-3) with appearances at Penn State's Rutherford Intercollegiate (April 18-19) and Ohio State's Robert Kepler Intercollegiate (April 25-26).


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