Men's golf team to host invitational this weekend

The men's golf team is set to host the second annual Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational this weekend at the Player's Club in Yorktown.

The meet will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, then will continue with tee-times between 7:30 and 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.

The event is named after former Ball State golf coach Earl Yestingsmeier, who coached for 31 years. Yestingsmeier also worked as a sports information director during 28 of the 31 years he served as men's golf coach.

"It's in honor of him (Yestingsmeier), for everything he has done for the university," head coach Mike Fleck said. "And for getting Ball State golf recognized throughout the country."

Indiana, Butler, Eastern Kentucky, Western Kentucky, IUPUI, Detroit Mercy, among others, will take part in the competition this weekend. Mid American Conference opponents such as Ohio, Bowling Green, Akron, and Northern Illinois will also join the Cardinals at the invite.

Ball State will have the usual team made up of five starters as well as a second team, who will play the full 36 holes. Golfers Kenny Cook, Brian Boomsma, Justin Cross, Lance Scholl, and Mike Gant will make-up the starting roster.

"This meet is great because it will give all eleven of our individuals a chance to play in a competitive environment," Fleck said. "It will be a great opportunity to find out early-on where we are at."

Senior Kenny Cook is looking to follow-up on his fifth place finish at the Mid-Pines Invitational with another strong performance this weekend as his team hosts an invite for the first and only time in the fall season.

"Everyone has the opportunity of scoring low," Cook said. "We just have to execute shots and shoot well."

Over the years, Cook said his philosophy for preparing for a event has changed. He said that he used to get hyped up about meets, but now stays more focused.

"I try not to get too pumped up about this meet, since I know the course so well," Cook said. "When preparing to compete, the mental aspect is the biggest thing now."

Due to the team's familiarity with the course, Fleck thinks Ball State should be considered the frontrunners coming into the event this weekend.


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