Tyler Cook

Ball State men's golf claimed a tournament champion in the Adidas Hoosier Invitational this weekend when freshman Tyler Merkel won by a single stroke.

Merkel shot an overall 209 to win the tournament. Indiana's David Erdy and Cleveland State's Kent Monas finished tied for second with 210.

As a team, the Cardinals finished 7th after the 54-hole tournament.

"It was not the longest course," Merkel said. "Hitting the fairways and getting the ball in good positions were what really helped me out this weekend."

Coach Mike Fleck was excited about Merkel's game play but not impressed with the rest of the team's performance.

"I'm pretty disappointed in the team performance aside from Merkel playing extremely well," he said. "This is the second tournament in a row without any team support."

Eric Steger finished the tournament tied for 27th with a 221, Joe Gasser tied for 29th (222), Tony Lazzara scored a 226 and Alex Stinson finished with a 227. The Cardinals had two extra players that competed as individuals. Brodie Williams tied for 24th with an overall score of 220 and Zac Treash tied for 43rd with a 225.

Up next for the Cardinals is a home meet at The Delaware Country Club in Muncie, known as the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational.

"We have been putting in great scores in practice," Fleck said. "We feel comfortable, but we still need to show up and play."

The tournament starts Saturday.