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Keegan McKinney shot a 71 in Monday's afternoon round.
Photo by: Tod Fierner
McKinney Paces Menís Golf on Crooked Stick Day One

CARMEL, Ind. -- Keegan McKinney is tied for sixth place individually to lead the Ball State men’s golf team through 36 holes at the Crooked Stick Intercollegiate.

The Cardinals rebounded from a challenging morning round Monday to post the fifth-best score of any team in the afternoon. With the final round set for Tuesday, Ball State is 12th on the leaderboard at 619 (320-299).

Sixth-ranked Georgia is in first place at 9-over par 585, followed by Florida State (+12) in second and Purdue (+13) in third. The top six teams in the 14-team field are all ranked among the top 50 in the country.

Sebastian Cappelen of Arkansas owns the individual lead at 3-under par. He and Georgia’s Nicholas Reach are the only players in red figures through two rounds.

McKinney is six shots off the lead after a two-round total of 3-over par 147 (76-71). The freshman from Avon, Ind., made 15 pars, two birdies and just one bogey in a steady second round that jumped him 22 spots up the leaderboard.

Ball State’s McCormick Clouser is tied for 39th at 154 (77-77), while Zach Yinger is tied for 46th at 155 (80-75). Yinger led the Cardinals in birdies with five on the day.

Tyler Merkel posted a 36-hole score of 163 (87-76), while Tyler Ostrom carded a 168 (88-80) to round out the Ball State lineup. James Blackwell, competing as an individual, owns a score of 156 (80-76).

Ball State will enter the final round just four shots out of ninth place with a chance to move up. The Cardinals will play Tuesday with Kansas and Toledo, starting off the 10th tee at 8:50 a.m. Live scoring is available at

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