Ball State women’s golf finished in sixth place over the weekend, despite not being able to capitalize off a strong round one performance in Ohio.

The Cardinals traveled to Bowling Green, Ohio, to participate in the Dolores Black Falcon Invitational.

After the first 18 holes of play on Saturday, Ball State sat in a great position to capitalize on Sunday. Ball State was tied for second place, only two strokes behind the leader, Toledo. 

Junior Sydney Anderson put together a stellar round (+2) to lead the Cardinals and sit in second on the overall individual leaderboard after the first round. Her score of 72 helped Ball State to sit in a great position before the final round on Sunday. 

“[S. Anderson] played solid from start to finish and had a good game plan” head coach Katherine Mowat said. “She executed her shots very well and posted a wonderful score.”

Freshmen Liz Kim and Manon Tounalom both tallied a 77 to finish tied for 15th after Saturday’s round. Also contributing to Ball State’s score on Saturday was freshman Emily Knouff (+6) and senior Morgan Nadaline (+12). Freshman Holly Anderson competed as an individual (+10).

However, the Cardinals were unable to fully capitalize in the second round of tournament play on Sunday. Ball State finished tied with Cleveland State at 51 over par for sixth place. The Cardinals fell four spots from the previous second place finish after round one. 

“It just wasn’t our day overall. That’s just golf,” Mowat said. “It wasn’t due to lack of preparation because we were ready and excited to be in the position we were in. We want to put ourselves back in that position.”

Leading the Cardinals on day two was Tounalom who finished eight over par. This performance set her in 10th place overall for the tournament. 

“[Tounalom] continues to be so steady for us,” Mowat said. “Her round started out really rough and then she had a tremendous stretch that included three birdies in a row."

Following Tounalom was Kim (+13), S. Anderson and H. Anderson (+15), Knouff (+17) and Nadaline (+23). Kim was able to seize a top-30 finish to help Ball State finish in the top 40 percent of the playing field. 

Running the leaderboard after both days of competition were UIndy (+24), Toledo (+27) and Ohio (+45). 

The Cardinals will tee off yet again at the Lady Boilermaker tournament in West Lafayette on Saturday April 14 and Sunday April 15. 

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