Junior Brittany Kelly of the women's golf team was named the Mid-American Conference Player of the Week on Monday for her performance in the team's two tournaments over Spring Break.Kelly finished third at the UNLV Invitational in Boulder City, Nev., and placed sixth at the Duramed Rio Verde Invitational."I was thrilled," Kelly said. "It's been one of my top three goals since freshman year."At the UNLV event, Kelly shot a season-low round of 70 and was one of only three golfers in the 95-player field to finish the tournament under par.
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The Ball State University women's golf team finished in sixth place Wednesday afternoon in the University of Nevada-Las Vegas Invitational, finishing with a team score of 896.
Not even 24 hours after finishing its first tournament of the Spring Season, the Ball State University women's golf team has started off the University of Nevada-Las Vegas Spring Rebel Invitational in Boulder City, Nev., with a bang.
At the end of its first tournament at the Duramed Rio Verde Invitational, the Ball State University women's golf team's score of 922 was good enough for sixth place out of the 18 teams competing in the Nevada tourney.
The common theme surrounding the men's golf team this fall season has been starting off slow, but finishing strong. Despite the second-lowest team score in the third round at the Xavier Renaissance Invitational in Fort Myers, Fla., Ball State finished sixth out of 12 teams. The Cardinals posted a team-combined score of 851, 19 strokes behind winner Indiana University."Overall we did a lot of good things," coach Mike Fleck said. "It's not that we played poorly, but that we didn't get the low scores relative to the rest of the field. Over the last 36 holes of the tournament, we were as good as any team scoring wise. If we would have gotten a better first round score, we would have finished much better."Fleck says the competition played a role in where Ball State finished. Golfing against nationally known teams, such as Indiana and Penn State University, made the field much more difficult. Fleck knows it was the toughest competition his players have faced since the first tournament on Sept. 12. Indiana and Penn State finished first and second, respectively."Obviously the field was pretty good," Fleck said. "It was the second best field all season other than the Wolf Run Intercollegiate. There was a solid mix of national teams and other teams."The par-72, 7,026-yard course invitational contained two other Mid-American Conference teams. Miami University beat Ball State by one stroke, shooting a score of 850. Bowling Green State University finished in last place with a score of 880.Junior Eric Steger tied for fifth individually out of 65 competitors. Steger shot a 75, 64, 65 for a score of 204, which put him 12 under par."We started off slow and put ourselves under the shovel again," Steger said. "The last two rounds, however, were different because we played well. Overall, it wasn't too bad of a tournament though."Because the Renaissance Invitational concludes Ball State's fall season, Fleck hopes the coming months will allow his players to rest and prepare for the spring schedule."I am very optimistic looking forward to the spring season," Fleck said. "We have definitely identified a lot of things this season. We had a lot of question marks back in August, but we have also answered a lot, especially with the help from our freshman class. In addition, Steger had one of the better fall seasons I have seen since I've been coaching. And, Ross Cosat has been Ross Cosat: Mr. Consistent."Steger hopes to relax and finish the semester, while preparing for the spring."We had a productive season," Steger said. "We'll head into the winter expecting great things to come. We just need to sit down and see where we can improve."Despite having only one senior golfer, Fleck has been pleased with the depth on his roster."We have six or seven guys that have contributed and will continue to work and get better this winter," Fleck said. "I will identify some areas to work on and expect that these guys prepare. Just like any other sport, you constantly have to work to get better. And we will be doing anything and everything to prepare and become a better team."
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Trailing by seven strokes, the men's golf team only had 18 holes to defeat then-leader University of Toledo. By shooting 12 strokes less than Toledo in the final round on Tuesday, Ball State won its first tournament of the Fall season.
The Ball State University women's golf team failed to defend its title of champion at the Hawkeye Intercollegiate Tournament by finishing in 7th place Sunday.
In its best start to a tournament of the fall season, the men's golf team is currently in first place at the 17-team Bearcat Invitational at The Traditions Golf Course in Herbron, Ky.
After one complete round of play, the Ball State University women's golf team is leading the MAC Preview tournament Monday in Fishers. The second round was postponed due to darkness and will continue today.
The Ball State University women's golf team will tee off in Rio Verde, Ariz., today in 20-team field.Northern Arizona University plays host to six Mid-American Conference teams along with three Big Ten teams. The Cardinals played in this same tournament almost exactly a year ago, finishing in a tie for ninth out of 18 teams.Unlike last year, the Cardinals have already played in a tournament entering this one.With many of the players having played at this tournament a year ago, the course will not be completely unfamiliar to the Ball State golfers. But 16 of the other 17 teams in the field also competed last year, so there will be a familiarity with the course for most of the teams competing.Even with what should be a highly competitive field, the Cardinals look to use the 33rd place they took at the Kiawah Intercollegiate as motivation for today's tournament, sophomore Rachael Pruett said."Our finish last week does give us motivation, but in a positive way," she said. "We may not have finished in the top half like we had hoped, but we did get to play our first competitive rounds of the spring and learned what we needed to work on this past week in practice."Pruett was the top scorer at 22-up for the Kiawah Intercollegiate and shot a career-best 73 at the tournament. She and her teammates will look to get a lot more scores like that 73 in a much warmer and more golfer-friendly environment when they arrive in Rio Verde.The Cardinals will tee off at 1 p.m. today and play through Sunday when the tournament culminates. This tournament, like the last, will have live scoring at GolfStat.com for those who wish to keep updated.The Cardinals will also participate in a tournament on the second weekend of Spring Break in Citrus Springs, Fla.Eastern Kentucky University is the host of the two-day tournament. This is the first year the Cardinals will participate in the tournament.The Eastern Kentucky El Diablo Spring Invitational will start Thursday and end March 13. Scoring for the tournament will also be available on GolfStat.com