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The Ball State women's golf team opened its season with a 15th-place finish at the Wolverine Invitational.

Florida International (+44) won the event, which was hosted at the University of Michigan Golf Course in Ann Arbor, Mich., beating Ball State by 68 strokes.

"We have strong players, and it will be a quick turnaround for the next tournament," coach Katherine Mowat said. "We felt prepared and worked hard during the two weeks of practice that we had."

Ball State was beaten by Mid-American Conference rivals Western Michigan, Toledo and Eastern Michigan. The Broncos had the best showing of the MAC teams, finishing tied for third.

Senior Brittany Kelly led the Cardinals and finished tied for 32nd. Senior Rachael Pruett was three strokes behind Kelly in a tie for 42nd. Sophomore Katie Windlan was three strokes behind Pruett and was tied for 57th.

Windlan shot a career-low 72 in the final round.

"It's a well-deserved accomplishment," Mowat said.

Even though this tournament was a disappointment, Mowat said the Cardinals are confident and looking ahead to this weekend.

The Cardinals will play in the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa, which begins Saturday.