MEN'S GOLF: Ball State takes first in home tournament
Steger, Merkel take first and second in individual rankings, respectively
Ball State men's golf took advantage of playing on its own course over the weekend.
The team won the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational with an overall team score of 1104 (+54).
Bowling Green came in second, nine strokes behind Ball State, with an 1113 (+63).
Ball State was also allowed to use a B-team in the field, which finished tied for 7th with a score of 1144 (+94).
Senior Eric Steger won the individual championship for the tournament with a score of 214 (+4) in his final home tournament.
"Coming into today's tournament, I never had a career win," Steger said. "That was at the top of my goals list, and to do it in front of my friends and family was definitely a cool moment and I'll never forget it."
It was the 12th time in 13 seasons under coach Mike Fleck that a Ball State individual won the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational.
"You couldn't have written a better script," Fleck said. "He has put so much into our program in the last four years, and it's nice to see him finally get a win."
Freshman Tyler Merkel finished in second place trailing by one stroke at an overall 215 (+5).
Sophomore Alex Stinson tied for 10th with a 220. Sophomore Joe Gasser tied for 20th with a 226. Sophomore Tony Lazzara tied for 38th with a 230 and sophomore Brodie Williams tied for 50th with a 234.
For the Cardinals' B-team, junior TJ Carpenter tied for eighth with a score of 219, junior Zac Treash tied for 20th with a 226, fifth year senior Wes Phelps tied for 26th with a 227, freshman Connor O'Neal tied for 54th with a 235 and Anthony Novak tied for 61st with a 237.
The Cardinals will travel to Columbus, Ohio for the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate. It will be their final tournament before starting the Mid-American Conference Championships in Maineville, Ohio.