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Men's Golf Finishes Fifth at Prestigious Firestone
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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.

Tyler Merkel tied for 27th with a 75-74-69=218, Joe Gasser tallied a 72-72-75=218 to tie for 30th and Tony Lazzara tied for 56th with a 78-72-74=224.

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.

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