Men's golf to finish season

Beginning today, the Ball State men's golf team will take part in the last meet of its fall schedule at the Xavier Provident Invitational on the Grizzly Tournament Course at Kings Island.

Upon arriving, the Cardinals will compete in the 18-team invite against several of the programs that they have become familiar with throughout the course of the fall season. Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, and Penn State are among those schools.

The team will also see the host Musketeers in action for the second-straight time, after Xavier tied for a first place finish at the Wolverine Invitational on Oct. 5-6.

"Xavier is one of the top teams in this tournament," head coach Mike Fleck said. "Indiana is another team that has been very consistent. Our goal is to finish in the top third of the field and to finish higher than all the other Mid American Conference schools."

Coach Fleck said coming into this meet he decided to opt for the most experienced lineup the team has available. For that reason, he decided that senior Brian Lassiter and junior Mike Gant would be the additions to a roster that already included Kenny Cook, Justin Cross, and Brandon Boomsma.

Senior Kenny Cook hopes to end his fall season on a good note, one week removed from one of the top finishes of his collegiate career at Ann Arbor, Mich.

"He is the type of kid that is always going to work pretty hard," Fleck said. "He is moving up the regional and national rankings list. I believe he is the top player in the MAC right now."

According to a company who administers ratings for NCAA golf called Golfstat, Cook ranks sixth in the nation in fairway hits with a .862 shot percentage.

Veteran leader Brian Lassiter will join Cook at Xavier in only the third meet he has taken part in all season. Lassiter was the Cardinals top finisher at the MAC Championships last May.

"I know I belong in the lineup," Lassiter said. "I just need to be more consistent, instead of going into attack mode. A good performance will say a lot as we go into the spring season."


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