Ball State's men's golf team finished fifth out of 17 teams at the prestigious Firestone Invitational at the Firestone Country Club North Course in Akron, Ohio.
The Cardinals managed a 291-285-288=864 to finish one stroke behind the country's No. 36 ranked SMU Mustangs. Indiana, which is ranked 34th in the nation, tied for first with St. Mary's (Calif.) with a team score of 854. Iowa State was third with an 859.
TJ Carpenter and Alex Stinson tied for 16th at the event with identical scores of 215. Carpenter managed a 71-69-75, while Stinson tallied a 73-72-70. The finish marked a third top-20 for Carpenter this season, while Stinson also tallied his third top-20 showing.
Brodie Williams competed as an individual and carded a 70-72-79=221 to tie for 42nd at the event.
Ball State has completed its fall season, and will return to action Feb. 13-14 at the MAC Match Play event in Dade City, Fla.