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Keegan McKinney tied for 17th place to lead the Cardinals.
Photo by: Tod Fierner
Menís Golfers Wrap up Play at Crooked Stick

CARMEL, Ind. -- Freshman Keegan McKinney polished off the first top-20 result of his young career Tuesday and the Ball State men’s golf team remained in 12th place to finish off the Crooked Stick Intercollegiate.

McCormick Clouser turned in the Cardinals’ low round of the day with a 76, while Ball State posted a team score of 311 to end the tournament with a 54-hole total of 930. James Blackwell, competing as an individual, matched Clouser with a 76.

Arkansas put together the round of the tournament with a 4-under 284, its second straight under-par round, to come from six shots back and claim the team title. The 25th-ranked Razorbacks jumped from fourth place to first on the final day, closing at 11-over 875 for the three rounds.

Purdue finished second at 880, while overnight leader Georgia, the country’s No.6-ranked team, fell to third at 881. Florida State (887) and TCU (900) rounded out the top five in a 14-team field that included six teams ranked in the nation’s top 50 and 11 in the top 100.

Sebastian Cappelen of Arkansas hung onto his 36-hole lead to win individual medalist honors at 4-under par. Purdue’s Adam Schenk climbed to 1-under to finish as the only other player in red figures for the tournament.

McKinney led Ball State with a final score of 8-over 224 to tie for 17th on a Crooked Stick course that has hosted some of the most prestigious amateur and professional events in the world. He closed with his high round of the tournament, a 77, but birdied his final hole of the day to climb back inside the top 20.

Clouser’s 76 moved him up two spots into a tie for 37th on the final leaderboard. He ended the event at 14-over 230 and, like McKinney, closed with a birdie on his final hole at the par-5 ninth.

The Cardinals also counted a pair of 79s from Zach Yinger and Tyler Merkel in Tuesday’s team score. Yinger tied for seventh among all golfers with nine birdies for the week, while Clouser tied for fourth in the field in pars with 36.

Blackwell, despite competing outside the Ball State lineup, turned in a solid showing. The sophomore shot 76 in each of his last two rounds and finished in a tie for 43rd at 16-over 232.

This week’s tournament was the fifth of six events on a challenging fall schedule for Ball State. The Cardinals will close their fall campaign next week at the Pinetree Intercollegiate just outside Atlanta. Kennesaw State hosts the tournament, which gets underway Monday.

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