The Ball State men's golf team traveled to the Streamsong Invitational in Bowling Green, Florida Sept. 12-13 as the Cardinals placed 11th out of the 13 teams at the invite with a total score of 868, Virginia won with a score of 808.
Ball State's five-golfer lineup consisted of senior Joey Wiseman, sophomore Kash Bellar, redshirt sophomore Griffin Hare, graduate student Joey Ranieri and redshirt sophomore Ali Khan.
“I knew coming down here being the only northern school that we were going to have more of an adjustment to the bermuda grass, especially on the greens,” head coach Mike Fleck said. “We did struggle with that, we just did not convert very many opportunities on the greens.”
MONDAY - Round One
Bellar started off 2-over-par in his first three holes but was able to finish shooting 4-under-par. He had five birdies and one eagle in his opening round of 68.
“I started on the toughest stretch of the golf course and I just told myself I have some holes coming up so give it your best,” Bellar said. “I was able to string a few holes together and finish well.”
Wiseman, who just finished tied for first in his last invitational, shot an even-par performance of 72 with two birdies and two bogeys on the day.
Ranieri shot a 1-over-par 73, Khan shot 2-over-par 74 and Hare rounded off the team with a 3-over-par 75.
MONDAY - Round Two
Bellar led the team again in round two with a score of 3-under-par 69. Bellar also had a streak of four birdies in a row on holes 14-17.
The second best score of the round would come from Hare, he would post a 3-over-par 75.
Wiseman and Khan both shot 5-over-par 77 for the round.
“We had challenges all across the board. I think probably we did well by just hanging in there in trying to finish off those final rounds,” Fleck said. “[The] golf course scoring was there, the fairways were super wide, we just managed things pretty poorly.”
Ranieri shot 7-over-par on his front 9, and was able to bounce back and shoot 2-under-par, giving him the total score of 5-over-par 77.
TUESDAY - Round Three
Hare was able to lead the Cardinals in round three to shoot a 3-under-par 69 with five birdies and an eagle. Hare was 5-under-par through the stretch of holes two through hole six.
Bellar would post a 2-under-par 70. He shot all three rounds at two under or better for the invitational. His performance would also put him within the top 20 where he earned 18th individually.
Ranieri was also under par for the third round, shooting 1-under-par 71.
Khan and Wiseman both shot 1-over-par 73.
At the end of the tournament, individual scores were Bellar 9-under par, Hare 3-over-par, Ranieri 5-over-par, Wiseman 6-over-par and Kahn 8-over-par.
Ball State will be playing in Cincinnati for the Bearcat Invitational from Sept. 19-20.
“These guys have to be able to be tougher, be a little bit more disciplined,” Fleck said. “We just kind of have to combo everything together and become a little bit better as a team and as players. I mean we had some decent numbers down here, but again relative to the field they were not very competitive and we have to get back to being competitive.”
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