CJ Jones, a senior at Franklin County High School, officially signed his letter of intent to play for the Ball State Men's Golf team next fall. Jones has been playing golf since he was a toddler and competed in his first tournament at the age of six. CJ Jones Facebook // Photo Courtesy

Ball State men's golf signs recruit

Ball State men's golf will have a new member next year after CJ Jones signed his letter of intent to play for the Cardinals next fall. He said he picked Ball State after seeing campus and sitting down with coach Mike Fleck.

Sophomore golfer Johnny Watts gets ready to tee off on the par-3 16th hole at Delaware Country Club in the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational. Watts finished the tournament in a three-way tie for the second place while the Cardinals won the team title. DN PHOTO COLIN GRYLLS

Johnny Watts leads Ball State into MAC Championships

Only three Ball State men's golfers have won the Mid-American Conference Championship individual title. The first was Kirk Schooley in 1983, and the second was Jamie Broce in 1997. But only one Ball State men's golfer has won it in his first season. Johnny Watts in 2015.

Freshman Johnny Watts became the third Ball State golfer in history to win the individual championship for the Mid-American Conference Tournament. Watts is also the first Ball State freshman to win it. PHOTO PROVIDED BY BALL STATE ATHLETICS

Men's golf preparing for spring break

The Men's golf team is in for a busy Spring Break, playing in two three day tournaments just a few days apart from each other.  The Cardinals are bringing seven golfers, freshmen Timothy Wiseman and Tyler Pearson, sophomores Johnny Watts, Michael VanDeventer and Michael Makris, senior James Blackwell, and redshirt sophomore Keegan McKinney.  The first event will be the Colleton River Collegiate, which is hosted by Michigan State and is being held at the Pete Dye Course at the Colleton River Plantation. Pete Dye is the architect for the course and is well known for his difficult and unforgiving course designs.

Senior Allison Lindley led all individual statistics for the Ball State women's golf team and hopes to carry the momentum she built last season to this season. The golf team will head to Illinois State University this weekend to compete in the annual Redbird Invitational. Ball State Athletics // Photo Provided 

Offseason training for Ball State golfers

Collegiate golfers in the Midwest face challenges that southern schools don't have to deal with. Freezing temperatures, wind and snow fall keep Ball State golfers away from the green for several months at a time.

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