Despite the departure of graduate Eric Steger, Ball State's men's golf team looks to improve on last season's success.

With the first tournament on Sept. 10, three weeks after the start of classes, coach Mike Fleck is excited about the leadership that the team is bringing.

"Steger really excelled in his four years with the program," Fleck said. "But with Tyler Merkel and Alex Stinson qualifying for the U.S. Amateurs, they will definitely be great leaders."

Along with sophomore Merkel and junior Stinson, Ball State brings in two new recruits.

Freshmen Zach Yinger from Sydney, Ohio and Albert Jennings from Fort Wayne, Ind. look to make an immediate impact.

"They are going to get a lot thrown at them to begin the season, and it's always difficult to transition into freshman year with classes and athletics," Fleck said. "However, I don't believe they will have an issue because they can look to Merkel for advice."

For the fall season, Ball State will not have a tournament in Indiana.

The first tournament of the semester will be on September 10 at Northern Illinois Invitational at Rich Harvest Farms Golf Course.

The team follows the opening tournament with trips to Colorado, Iowa, Florida and Ohio.