SUGAR GROVE, Ill. -- The Ball State men’s golf team held on to the sixth position Sunday in the closing round of the season-opening Northern Intercollegiate at Rich Harvest Farms.
Led by McCormick Clouser’s 2-under par final round, the Cardinals turned in a team score of 296 on Sunday to finish at 27-over par 891 for the tournament.
Only one round all day -- a 67 by UCF All-American Greg Eason -- was better than Clouser’s 70. The Ball State junior birdied four holes in his round and jumped 12 spots into a tie for 15th on the final leaderboard as the team’s top finisher.
UCF came from 11 shots back to win the team event, finishing 2-over par for the tournament and one stroke ahead of second-place Virginia after posting the round of the day at 283. Houston, the 36-hole leader, finished third at 5-over, while Liberty and Kentucky rounded out the top five.
All five of the teams above Ball State competed in an NCAA Regional last year, while the Cardinals also finished ahead of four teams that made last year’s postseason. Big Ten teams Ohio State and Indiana were directly behind the Cardinals on the final leaderboard.
Houston’s Roman Robledo held on to his overnight lead in the individual medalist race to claim the title at 5-under par, beating out Eason by a stroke.
Merkel, who was even through the first two rounds, grabbed 19th place with a three-day total of 4-over 220. Blackwell tied for 33rd at 9-over, while McKinney tied for 47th at 12-over.
Jon Schram was Ball State’s non-counting score on the day with an 85. The freshman finished with a 54-hole score of 239. Additionally, Tyler Ostrom, competing this week as an individual, closed with a total of 240 after a round of 80 on Sunday.
The Northern Intercollegiate was the first of six events on Ball State’s challenging fall schedule. The Cardinals return to action Sunday, Sept. 15 with round one of the Golfweek Conference Challenge at Spirit Hollow Golf Course in Burlington, Iowa.