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Joe Gasser closed with a final-round 65.
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Gasser Second To Lead Men's Golf at Yestingsmeier

MUNCIE, Ind. -- Senior Joe Gasser tied for second place to lead seven Ball State men's golfers in the top 13 on the final leaderboard at the Cardinals' Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational.

Gasser closed with a third round of 5-under par 65 Tuesday afternoon. He climbed 12 spots from his position in 14th place entering the final 18 holes, finishing with a 54-hole score of 2-over 212 (75-72-65).

It was the best finish of Gasser's career and his second straight top-3 result after finishing third last week at the Firestone Invitational. His final-round 65 was two strokes lower than any round by any other golfer throughout the tournament.

The Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational was played as an individual event this year with 47 golfers from nine teams competing on the par-70, 6,438-yard layout at Delaware Country Club.

Indiana's Kyle Perry earned medalist honors, closing with a round of 67 to finish as the only player in red figures at 2-under par 208 (72-69-67).

Ball State's Tyler Merkel and Alex Stinson finished one stroke behind Gasser in a tie for fifth place at 3-over par. Merkel posted his score of 213 with rounds of 70, 68 and 75, while Stinson carded his 213 with rounds of 72, 69 and 72.

Zach Yinger tied for eighth at 5-over 215 (73-69-73), while Tony Lazzara finished 10th at 6-over 216 (76-69-71) and Tyler Ostrom finished 11th at 7-over 217 (69-74-74). Yinger and Lazzara were each competing in their second collegiate tournaments. Lazzara played the final 36 holes of the tournament in even par to move up the leaderboard.

Brodie Williams tied for 13th at 10-over 220 (74-72-74) and Albert Jennings carded a score of 12-over 222 (75-73-74) in his first career event to tie for 19th and give the Cardinals eight golfers in the top 20.

James Blackwell rounded out the Ball State group at 18-over 228 (77-75-76) to tie for 31st.

The teams completed the tournament's second round Tuesday morning and then played the entire third round in the afternoon. Play was stopped Monday night because of darkness, leaving several holes still to play in the second round.

Ball State has now completed four of its five fall events. The Cardinals will close the fall portion of their schedule next week at the Pinetree Intercollegiate in Atlanta, Ga.

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