Emily Cohen

Ball State's women's golf team tied for 13th out of 18 teams at the Arkansas-Little Rock Golf Classic Tuesday.

The Cardinals tied with Western Michigan and Louisiana-Monroe.

Coach Katherine Mowat said she was pleased with her team's play in the second day of the tournament.

"Our scores were higher than we wanted them to be," Mowat said. "We had a few bad rounds, but we really came back and redeemed ourselves the second day."

Ball State's team score of 301 Tuesday left senior Brittany Kelly happy with the team.

"We shot a 301 as a team, which is one of our lowest round scores in a while," Kelly said. "It's great to see how our team came around. It takes the pressure off of you when you know the other girls are shooting in the seventies."

Kelly placed fifth individually in the Arkansas-Little Rock Golf Classic, shooting a seven-over par 223.

It is her sixth top-10 finish this year.

"I'm striking the ball well right now," Kelly said. "I'm making my putts and mentally I feel good."

Kelly's work ethic has allowed her to experience success and stay in contention to win tournaments.

"A lot of golfers go to tournaments, but you know when [Kelly] goes that she has a chance to win," Mowat said. "She was only three or four shots off the lead [and] she could have won the tournament."

Kelly said when she sees she is in contention to win, it motivates her to do better.

"When I'm a few shots off the lead it motivates me to make my putts," Kelly said. "I put pressure on myself and play to the situation."

Sophomore Autumn Duke and junior Katie Windlan tied for 57th overall with a pair of 237 scores.

Duke had a rough first round, carding a 15 over-par 87, but finished with a three over-par 75 in the last two rounds.

Senior Rachael Pruett tallied a 22 over-par 238, and freshman Meghan Perry managed a 32 over-par 248.

Oral Roberts won the Arkansas-Little Rock Golf Classic with a total team score of 903.