Following coach Mike Fleck's prediction that Ball State was the frontrunner coming into the Yestingsmeier Invitational this weekend, the men's golf team finished a dismal seventh with a score of 881 after playing all 54 holes.
Austin Peay University won by three strokes over Eastern Kentucky.
Coach Fleck said he was disappointed with the team's performance. He said he expected top-notch performances from everyone because the meet was on the Card's home course, the Players Club, in Yorktown.
"This was a situation where we could have been very successful, and I am very dissatisfied with the team's overall performance," Fleck said. "The late round on Saturday is what killed us. The performance was very subpar. We dropped the ball."
Of the Cardinals starting five, Senior Kenny Cook and Junior Geoff Harriman finished with the highest score, tying for 23rd. Harriman, from Huntsville, Alabama, tied Cook's top score of 219, by shooting his best game of the fall season.
Sophomore Bud Graessle shot a 226.
According to Fleck, Harriman and Graessle's performances were a few of the lone bright spots during the invitational.
"I am not very excuse oriented," Fleck said. "If there is anyone to blame for the bad performances, the blame should be put on me for not getting these guys motivated."
Fleck said the team will have a tough week of practice in front of them. He said practice will be more regimented and tougher in the coming days in order to prepare for heightened competition next weekend in the Northern Intercollegiate tournament at Bloomington.