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McCormick Clouser finished 11 under par for the 72-hole tournament.
Photo by: Jim Dostie
Clouser Third, VanDeventer Seventh at State Open
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COLUMBUS, Ind. -- Rising senior McCormick Clouser finished third and incoming freshman Michael VanDeventer placed seventh to lead a strong contingent of Ball State men's golfers at this week's Indiana Open Championship.

Clouser and VanDeventer finished as the lowest amateurs in a field that started with more than 150 golfers at Otter Creek Golf Course.

Clouser posted a four-day total of 11-under par 277, finishing seven shots behind winner Craig Bowden, a PGA Tour and Web.com Tour player. VanDeventer, the Indiana high school co-champion, finished at 6 under for the tournament in his hometown of Columbus.

A total of five current Cardinals and eight Ball State alumni made the cut at the event.

Former Cardinals Scott Pieri (+1, T-18th), C.D. Hockersmith (+1, T-18th) and Tyler Merkel (+3, T-25th) all finished among the top 25. Eric Steger (+4, T-28th), Tony Lazzara (+6, T-33rd), Jon Hoover (+7, T-38th), Andrew Rhodes (+9, T-45th) and Skip Runnels (+13, T-62nd) rounded out the group of alumni.

Among the current players, joining Clouser and VanDeventer, Tyler Ostrom (+4) tied for 28th, Derek Kundenreich (+10) tied for 49th, and Johnny Watts (+18) placed 73rd.

The Cardinals have had at least one player finish in the top three in each of the past five seasons at the state open. Clouser, a Bluffton, Ind., product, also placed third earlier this summer at the Indiana Amateur Championship.
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