Ball State Women’s Golf struggled to find its groove against the nation’s top teams at the Cardinal Cup Sunday.

Up until this event, the Cardinals beat at least half of the field in every tournament of the fall. That changed when they finished 13th out of 17 teams in Louisville. 

This was also the first time this fall a Cardinal did not place within the top 10 individually. The top performer for Ball state was sophomore Hadley Moritz, who finished 10-over-par in 35th place. 

Cardinal Cup Standings

1. No. 42 Louisville (+4)

2. No. 20 Kentucky (+12)

3. Campbell (+13)

4. Washington (+18)

5. Kansas (+22)

13.  Ball State (+65)

“Overall, I felt pretty solid,” Moritz said. “I think this has given us a great idea of what we are able to do. We didn’t do so well at this tournament last year, but all of us improved greatly.”

Moritz’s Cardinal Cup finish was the second time this fall she led the Cardinals in scoring. 

Of the 17 teams in the field, 10 of them rank within the top 100 nationally. Although the scorecards may not reflect it, the Cardinals saw the competition as a positive, facing such top-rated opponents. 

“Louisville is always a big tournament for us in terms of the quality of the field,” head coach Katherine Mowat said. “[Tough competition] is really good for us. It is not every week that we can see these teams in this type of competition.”

Junior Liz Kim speaks with women’s golf graduate assistant Marie Donnici Sept. 16, 2019, at the Players Club at Woodland Trails in Yorktown, Ind while on the back nine. Kim finished the third round four strokes above par in the Cardinal Classic. Eric Pritchett, DN

Moritz said she found this tournament as an opportunity to grow and step up to produce for Ball State.  

“I think [the field] brought out the best in me,” Moritz said. “I wanted to be able to keep up with the competition, so I felt like I was actually able to play better.” 

Ball State finished with a team score of 929 and ended the fall schedule 65-over-par. Moritz tallied two 75s and a 76. The other top contributors to Ball State’s team score was senior Manon Tounalom at 16-over-par and junior Tiegan Taylor at 17-over-par. 

No. 42 Louisville dominated its home course. It posted a team score of 868 and sat at 4-over-par. No. 20 Kentucky notched a team score of 876 and finished 12-over-par. 

The next time the Cardinals will tee off in collegiate competition will be at the Ball State Sunshine Invitational in February. 

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