Andrew Mishler

ZIONSVILLE - With senior Eric Steger leading the way, the Ball State men's golf team finished in a tie for second place at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate on Sunday.

Ball State put together a score of 878 to tie with Central Florida. Both teams finished well behind Illinois, which claimed the victory in the tournament by 19 strokes.

It was a performance that didn't surprise coach Mike Fleck.

"The chemistry was good," Fleck said. "I really felt good going into this event that we were prepared and that the guys had done their part in terms of getting ready for it. Obviously it worked out for us this time around."

Individually, Steger came in second and was one of the only two players finishing with a score under par. He turned in rounds of 74, 69 and 69 for a total of 212, one under par. Central Florida junior Connor Arendell won the tournament, finishing four strokes ahead of Steger.

Sophomores Alex Stinson and Tony Lazzara played well, finishing in a tie for 40th and 44th with scores of 226 and 227, respectively.

Steger commended his teammates for their excellent play, going as far to say that this year's team might be one of the most talented that he's been on at Ball State.

"It's definitely close to sophomore year," Steger said. "We were young last year and got a lot of guys some good experience. It was for sure a building year and some of the guys on the team had very productive summers. We definitely have more potential this year than in my past."

Ball State will compete Sept. 20 and Sept. 21 in the Cardinal Collegiate at Louisville.