Senior Michael VanDeventer putts the ball at hole 11 during the Earl Yestingsmeier Memorial Invitational on April 14 at the Delaware Country Club. The Cardinals are playing in the Crooked Stick Invitational in Carmel, Ind. Oct. 16-17. Kaiti Sullivan, DN File
Ball State men's golf finishes runner-up at Pinehurst behind VanDeventer's victory
Ball State golf finished the Pinehurst Intercollegiate one shot off pace to give it a second place finish in Sunday's final round.
In an attempt to defend their title on the No. 8 course at Pinehurst, the Cardinals shot a low score of 286 to just come up short behind Radford. Overall, Ball State shot a 887 (+35) while Radford finished with a 886.
Ball State senior Michael VanDeventer recorded an individual victory, finishing two shots clear of second-place Alex Weiss, a top-100 player out of Marshall. VanDeventer shot 215 (+2) on 54 holes to grab his second collegiate victory after a victory in the Earl Yestingsmeier Memorial Invitational last spring.
In a tight battle on the team leaderboard all weekend, the Cardinals entered the final day in sixth place before jumping up five spots for a second place finish.
Ball State and Radford finished just ahead of Old Dominion and Dayton, which tied for third place with 888.
Senior Johnny Watts finished second for the Cardinals and in a tie for sixth overall after shooting a 220 (+7). Senior Michael Makris tied for 14th with a 223 (+10), freshman Jack Cunningham tied for 38th with a 230 (+17), junior Trevar Denney shot a 234 (+21) to put him in a tie for 49th and junior Timothy Wisemen rounded out Ball State's roster with a 236 (+23).
The Pinehurst Intercollegiate was Ball State's first stroke play event of the spring. However, the Cardinals won't return to the green until April 13-15 when they travel to the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin to compete at the Mason Rudolph Championship.