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Alex Stinson posted Ball State's top final-round score at 1-over.
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Menís Golf Places Seventh at Memphis Intercollegiate

CORDOVA, Tenn. -- The Ball State men’s golf team finished in seventh place at the Memphis Intercollegiate after closing with a team score of 308 in Tuesday’s final round.

The 39th-ranked Cardinals posted a 54-hole total of 922 (309-305-308) in challenging conditions at Colonial Country Club’s South Course. The winds did not blow as hard Tuesday as they did Monday, but the cold temperatures remained in 40s on the long, 7,334-yard, par-72 layout.

The 16-team field started the day by completing round two, which was suspended by darkness Monday. The Cardinals climbed into a tie for third entering the final round but could not hold on to their position.

Austin Peay won the event with a three-round total of 897, followed by Louisiana-Lafayette (899) and tournament host Memphis (906). Austin Peay also had the individual medalist in Dustin Korte, who carded a 2-over par 218 to win by three strokes.

Ball State finished right behind two ranked teams on the leaderboard -- No. 35 Vanderbilt and No. 46 South Alabama -- and three spots ahead of No. 29 Texas Tech.

Alex Stinson posted the Cardinals’ best final round Tuesday with a 1-over par 73. He finished with a 54-hole score of 232 (79-80-73) to tie for 37th place with teammate McCormick Clouser, who also carded a 232 (74-79-79).

Joe Gasser and Tyler Merkel joined Clouser with final-round 79s. Gasser was Ball State’s top finisher for the tournament in a tie for 24th at 229 (75-75-79), while Merkel tied for 29th at 231 (81-71-79).

Tony Lazzara carded the team’s second-best score in the third round with a 77 and finished with a three-round total of 251 (91-83-77).

This week’s tournament was the second stroke play event of the spring for Ball State, which will return to action April 8-9 with the Jim West Intercollegiate at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas.

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