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Williams won the final four holes in Friday's championship match.
Photo by: Walt Middleton Photography
Brodie Williams Wins IGA State Match Play

FRANKLIN, Ind. -- Brodie Williams, a senior on the Ball State men's golf team this past season, won the Indiana Golf Association Match Play Championship on Friday at Hillview Country Club.

Williams, a product of Lapel, Ind., defeated fellow Ball State alum Todd Palmer in Friday's final. He found himself 3-down with four holes to play but won the final four holes with birdies for a tremendous comeback victory.

A day earlier, Williams posted another dramatic win by chipping in on the 19th hole in the semifinals. He was seeded fifth for the event after one round of stroke-play qualifying and then rattled off five straight victories in match play to claim the title.

One of Williams' wins came over Ball State incoming freshman Quentyn Carpenter in the round of 16. Connor O'Neal, who will be a redshirt junior for Ball State this fall, also qualified for the match play.

It is the second straight year with a win at a major IGA event for Williams, who claimed the IGA Public Links Championship last summer.

Several other Cardinals also competed this week. Senior-to-be Tyler Merkel played in the Porter Cup, one of the biggest amateur events in the country, while rising junior McCormick Clouser, rising sophomore Tyler Ostrom and incoming freshman Keegan McKinney all played in the Northern Amateur.

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