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Tyler Merkel
Year: Senior
Hometown: Evansville, Ind.
High School: Central
Major: Business Administration
Experience: 3 Letters
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Tyler Merkel
Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: 09/16/2010

Career Honors
• PING All-Midwest Region (2012, 2013)
All-Mid-American Conference First Team (2012, 2013)
• All-MAC Second Team (2011)
• MAC Co-Freshman of the Year (2011)
MAC All-Tournament Team (2013)

• Academic All-MAC (2012, 2013)
• Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar (2013)
• Ball State Most Valuable Player (2012, 2013)

Career Titles
• 2013 Pinehurst Intercollegiate Medalist
• 2011 adidas Hoosier Invitational Medalist
• 2011 Northern Intercollegiate Co-Medalist

2013-14 (Sr.): Played in all six fall events and managed a 75.39 stroke average … owns three top-20 finishes and one top-10 ... tied for fifth place at the Golfweek Conference Challenge (Sept. 15-17) with a score of 3-under par 213 … carded a season-low round of 69 on day one at the Golfweek event … tied for 16th at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational (Sept. 29-30) ... tied for 19th at the Northern Intercollegiate (Sept. 6-8) ... tied for 38th at the Saint Mary's Invitational (Sept. 23-24).

2012-13 (Jr.): A first-team All-MAC selection and Academic All-MAC honoree ... led the team with a 72.91 stroke average, the fourth-best single-season average in program history ... managed seven top-10 finishes and six top-5 results in 11 stroke play events ... twice named the MAC Golfer of the Week -- March 18 after winning the Pinehurst Intercollegiate and Oct. 10 after finishing second at the Firestone Invitational ... posted a 2-over par total of 214 at Pinehurst (March 10-12) on the way to his third career victory ... matched the lowest round of his career with a 68 at the weather-shortened Firestone event (Oct. 8-9) on his way to a 36-hole total of 4-under 140 for second place ... tied for third at the Pinetree Intercollegiate (Oct. 22-23) at 3-over par 219 ... placed fourth at the MAC Championships (May 3-5) at 3-over 291 and was named to the all-tournament team ... tied for fourth at the Golfweek Conference Challenge (Sept. 16-18) with a 54-hole score of 3-under par 213 ... tied for fifth at Ball State's Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational (Oct. 15-16) at 3-over 213 ... finished sixth at the Jim West Intercollegiate (April 8-9) ... posted a 1-1-1 record in the Mid-American Match Play (Feb. 11-12) ... tied for 30th at the NCAA Pullman Regional at 1-under par ... helped Ball State to its first NCAA Regional berth as a team since 1991 and its first NCAA Championships appearance since 1986.

2011-12 (So.):  An NCAA Regional participant ... earned All-MAC First Team and Academic All-MAC honors ... managed four top-10 finishes . . . led the Cardinals with a 73.47 scoring average . . . three-time Mid-American Conference Golfer of the Week . . . tied for first at the Northern Intercollegiate and was named the MAC Golfer of the Week . . . posted a 3-0 record at the Mid-American Match Play and was named MAC Golfer of the Week . . . tied for second at the Golf Pride Pinehurst Intercollegiate and was named the MAC Golfer of the Week . . . tied for fourth at the Golfweek Conference Challenge . . . tied for seventh at Ball State's Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational . . . tied his career low with a 68 at the Northern Intercollegiate . . . tallied a season low 54-hole score of 212 at the Northern Intercollegiate . . . named the MAC Scholar-Athlete of the Week Sept. 19, 2011 . . . tied for 28th at the MAC Championships.

2010-11 (Fr.):  Named second-team All-MAC and MAC Co-Freshman of the Year ... managed a career-best 54-hole total of 209 (71-68-70) for his first career collegiate victory at the adidas Hoosier Invitational . . . named the Mid-American Conference Golfer of the Week for his performance at the Hoosier Invitational . . . tallied a career-low 68 in the second round of the adidas Hoosier Invitational . . . also scored a 69 at the Cardinal Intercollegiate . . . followed his first-place finish with a second-place showing at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational . . . four top-20 finishes -- first at adidas Hoosier Invitational, second at EY, and tied for 12th at the Cardinal Intercollegiate and the Bearcat Invitational . . . posted a 2-3-2 record in match play competition . . . named the MAC Scholar-Athlete of the Week after his performance at the Yestingsmeier Invitational.

HIGH SCHOOL:  Earned four letter for Coach Alicia Gooch at Evansville Central . . . all-state as a junior and senior . . . academic all-state as a senior . . . won medalist honors at sectional and regional as a senior . . . four-time all-city and academic all-city . . . three-time All-Southern Indiana Athletic Conference . . . helped team to a regional championship in 2007 and a sectional crown in 2008 . . . finished fifth in the state as a junior . . . maintained a 73.2 average and tallied a career low 18-hole score of 61 and a nine-hole personal best of 29 as a junior . . . also earned one letter in basketball . . . participated in the IHSAA Leadership Conference, the NCAA Stay-in-Bounds Program and was a D.A.R.E. Program Role Model.

SUMMER GOLF: Qualified for the 2013 U.S. Amatuer Public Links . . . placed 15th at the presigious Sunnehanna Amateur Tournament for Champions in 2013 . . . won the 2012 Indiana Amateur Championship . . . tied for second at the 2012 Indiana Open Championship . . . qualified for the 2011 U.S. Amateur Championships . . . finished third at the Indiana Open Championships in 2011 . . . tied for fifth at the 2011 Indiana Amateur Championships and eighth at the 2010 event . . . finished first in the Indiana Section of the 2009 Junior PGA Championship with a 70-71 . . . won the 2009 Plantations Junior Golf Tour Championship with a 73-69-69 . . . 2009-10 McDonald Amateur Champion.

PERSONAL:  Son of Mike Merkel and Jayne Downs . . . born July 27, 1991, in Evansville, Ind. . . . one sister . . . full name is Tyler Michael Merkel . . . owns a 3.916 cumlative grade-point average on Ball State's 4.0 scale . . . managed a 3.941 grade-point average last fall. . . a recipient of a Ball State Presidential Scholarship . . . full name is Tyler Michael Merkel.