SEASIDE, Calif. -- The Ball State men’s golf team sits in 14th place through two rounds at the Saint Mary’s Invitational.
The Cardinals posted a 36-hole score of 609 on Monday, opening the day with a 309 on the Bayonet Golf Course and then posting a 300 in the afternoon round on the Blackhorse Golf Course.
California, last year’s top-ranked team that won an NCAA-record 12 tournaments, leads the field by 18 strokes at 6-under par 570. Saint Mary’s is second at 12-over, while San Francisco and St. John’s are tied for third at 13-over among the 19 teams.
The tournament concludes Tuesday with the final 18 holes back on the Bayonet course. Tuesday’s round gets underway with an 8 a.m. PT (11 a.m. ET) shotgun start, and live scoring is available at golfstat.com.
Freshman Keegan McKinney paced the Cardinals individually on day one with a two-round total of 6-over par 150 (76-74). Coming off a top-25 finish last week at the Golfweek Conference Challenge, McKinney will enter Tuesday’s final round in a tie for 35th.
Tyler Merkel is tied for 49th at 8-over 152 (78-74), while McCormick Clouser is tied for 59th at 153 (78-75). Jon Schram at 154 (77-77) and James Blackwell at 157 (80-77) round out the Ball State lineup.
Ball State’s Quentyn Carpenter, competing as an individual, enters the final round at 156 (81-75).
Cal’s Michael Weaver, an All-American who played in this year’s Masters and U.S. Open, is tied atop the leaderboard at 4-under with San Diego’s Grant Forrest. Cal has three players among the top five.
The Bears are headlining a field that features 10 top-100 teams from a year ago.