Ball State University is in ninth place out of 12 teams after two rounds in the Crooked Stick Invitational hosted by Indiana University in Carmel.Junior Eric Steger leads the way for the Cardinals, sitting in 16th place after the first day of competition. Playing in his hometown, freshman Tony Lazzara is tied for 41st.Ball State is 47 over par, trailing No. 19 University of Illinois by 48 strokes. The Fighting Illini are the only team under par after the first two rounds of play.The tournament will finish today with round three beginning at 9 a.m.
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For the second time this month, the Ball State University men's golf team will try to knock off state rival Indiana University at the Hoosiers' own invitational.
The Ball State University women's golf team came up short this weekend, finishing in ninth place in the Indiana University Invitational in Bloomington."[It was a] very competitive field and we came back in the second round and played really well Sunday," coach Katherine Mowat said.Ball State managed a score of 911 (+47) in the 16-team tournament.In the first round, the Cardinals fell behind with a score of 312 (+24), but they came back to play the second and third rounds at +23. Juniors Rachael Pruett and Brittany Kelly went without making a bogey until the 18th hole in the third round.Kelly led the Cardinals with an eighth place finish in the 90-player field. Kelly tallied rounds of 75, 77 and 70 to finish at 222 (+6). It was her fifth-straight top-10 finish this season."She is the best player in the conference so far," Mowat said.Pruett tied for 15th after carding a 223 (+7). In the last round, Pruett scored a 71 and set career bests for a single round and 54-hole total.Kristtini Cain managed a 232 (+16), Kirsty O'Connor scored a 234 (+18) and Katie Windlan tallied a 244 (+28).Ball State, Eastern Michigan University and Western Michigan University were the three Mid-American Conference schools at the tournament.The Eagles led the MAC participants with a sixth-place finish and a score of 904 (+40), while the Broncos scored a 931 (+67) and placed 13th. Indiana won the tournament with an 886 (+22). The University of Colorado came in second with an 892 (+28), and Iowa State University tallied an 895 (+31) to finish third.The IU Golf Course played to a par 72 at 6,142 yards.Despite the weekend's outcome, the team is looking forward to a strong conclusion to the season at the MAC Championships April 23 to 25 at The Hawthorns Golf Club in Fishers, Ind.
Ball State University is tied for eighth place at the Mizzou Intercollegiate after two rounds of play.Ball State is tied with fellow Mid-American Conference member Northern Illinois University at 17 over par. Kansas State University leads the 15-team event by a stroke over the University of Nebraska at five under.Freshman Tony Lazzara leads the Cardinals at two over par. He is tied for 19th, one stroke ahead of teammate Eric Steger. There are 83 golfers participating in the tournament. The final round will begin today at 8 a.m. in Columbia, Mo.
If the Ball State University men's golf team wants to improve on last week's results, then come Tuesday it will be taking a nice trophy on the ride home.
The women's golf team today travels Bloomington, Ind., to compete in the two-day Indiana University Invitational.
Ball State University didn't quite show the consistency this weekend that coach Mike Fleck would have liked, but the Cardinals still played well enough to finish in second place out of 19 teams in the Hoosier Invitational hosted by Indiana University. "We've made some progress," Fleck said. "To finish where we did in this field is really what I expected. It's nice to kind of get it going in a nice direction now." Ball State shot an 874 (+22) in the three-round, two-day tournament to place second but was 36 strokes behind host Indiana, which won the invite with a score of 838 (-14). Fleck said all he was looking for was improvement after his team had sputtered a bit in its first two tournaments of the spring season. The Cardinals finished 12th out of 15 teams in the Pinehurst Intercollegiate in North Carolina on March 14 and followed that up last weekend by finishing eighth out of 15 teams in their own Cardinal Collegiate in Jasper, Ind. "With consistency, we did a little bit better job this weekend," Fleck said. "But it's still an issue that we need to address." Ball State's top golfer, junior Eric Steger, was the Cardinals' top individual performer in Bloomington. He shot a 68 in the opening round leading to a tie for seventh place with a 216 (+3).Steger was playing for the first time since being disqualified last weekend for turning in an incorrect scorecard in the first round. "Steger's our best player, and with that comes the expectation and the role of being just that," Fleck said. "Eric's going to be fine." Ball State's Anthony Novak and Eric Skillman tied for 21st individually with 221 (+8). Indiana's Chase Wright, a Delta High School graduate, claimed medalist honors by shooting a 204 (-9), including a third-round 66.The Cardinals return to action next Monday for the two-day Missouri Intercollegiate in Columbia, Mo.
The Ball State University men's golf team was unable to defend last season's championship in the Ball State Cardinal Collegiate Tournament over the weekend.
The Ball State University men's golf team plays host to the Cardinal Collegiate tournament today and tomorrow, but those Cardinals fans looking to attend in person have about a four hour drive ahead of them.
The Ball State University women's golf team is keeping their spring season consistent, finishing another tournament in sixth place."The morale of the team is better than ever and we're in a really great place right now," coach Katherine Mowat said.The team tallied a 946 at the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate, which was completed Tuesday. Junior Brittany Kelly lead the team with a seventh-place finish and a score of 228.With strong teams, bad weather conditions and a course that was completely drenched, Mowat said playing was difficult but it was typical Midwest spring weather that the team was used to seeing. Mowat said she was a little disappointed in how the tournament was played, but she says the Cardinals will be ready for the next one.Host Georgia State University won the 13-team tournament with a 905, while Daytona State College and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock tied for second with a 919.Junior Rachael Pruett tied for 15th with a 232 and sophomore Kristtani Cain finished with a score of 243 to tie for 42nd place.Although the last three tournaments have been back-to-back, it hasn't broken the team's concentration."It's the nature of spring season, a pretty steady pace to play for two straight months," Mowat said. "We'll work really hard on the road and start focusing on the next event."The Cardinals' next tournament will be the Saluki Invitational in Carbondale, Ill. at the Hickory Ridge Golf Course on March 28-29. The tournament will be played over 36 holes and is hosted by Southern Illinois University.
Ball State University is in fifth place at the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate tournament after the first round Monday.Ball State shot a 312, putting them 12 strokes behind host Georgia State University. Juniors Brittany Kelly and Rachael Pruett led the Cardinals with rounds of 77. There are 13 teams in the field at the tournament, which will conclude Tuesday in Stockbridge, Ga.
The Ball State University women's golf team remains confident after a Spring Break that included multiple school records and placing among the nation's best teams.
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.
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.