CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Ball State men’s golfer McCormick Clouser finished third Sunday at the Dixie Amateur, one of the largest and oldest amateur tournaments in the country.
The junior from Bluffton, Ind., concluded the event with a four-round total of 13-under par 275 (67-71-66-71). He was under par in each of his rounds and finished two shots out of a playoff won by LSU golfer Curtis Thompson.
Thompson, the brother of PGA Tour player Nick Thompson and LPGA Tour player Lexi Thompson, claimed his second Dixie Amateur title in the past three years. He defeated Florida State’s Jack Maguire on the second playoff hole.
The event featured more than 200 competitors, including Ball State freshman Quentyn Carpenter, and was played over four days in South Florida. The first two rounds were held at the Woodlands Country Club and the final two at Heron Bay Golf Club.
Clouser was at or near the top of the leaderboard all week, and he entered Sunday’s final round with a four-shot lead. He closed with a 1-under par round, but his playing partners Thompson and Maguire turned in the best rounds of the day at 7-under to come from behind and grab the lead.
It was the second straight good showing at the Dixie Amateur for Clouser, who tied for 22nd last year.
The Dixie Amateur has been contested since 1924, and the list of past champions includes current and former PGA Tour players such as Hal Sutton, Brandt Snedeker, Andy Bean, Bruce Fleisher, Jesper Parnevik and Peter Uihlein.
Clouser was a member of Ball State’s team that advanced to the NCAA Championships last spring and is one of the Cardinals' top players this year. Ball State is slated to begin its spring season Feb. 10, hosting the Mid-American Match Play in Lake Jovita, Fla.