Clouser Takes Third at State Amateur
NOBLESVILLE, Ind. -- McCormick Clouser, a rising senior on the Ball State men's golf team, placed third at this week's Indiana Amateur Championship.
Clouser finished the tournament Friday with a four-day total of 1-over par 289 at Purgatory Golf Club. The Bluffton, Ind., product was one of 10 current Cardinals or Ball State alumni to make the cut and one of four to finish among the top 25.
Incoming freshman Johnny Watts was tied for fourth at even par through three days. The Hamilton Southeastern senior then withdrew from the final round to compete with his team in Friday's IHSAA Regional at The Players Club in Muncie. He helped the Royals advance to the state finals.
Cardinals joining Clouser in the top 25 at Purgatory were fellow senior-to-be Zach Yinger in a tie for 14th (+11), rising sophomore Keegan McKinney in a tie for 18th (+12) and 2013 graduate Brodie Williams in a tie for 25th (+14).
Nicholas Grubnich of Crown Point, Ind., led wire-to-wire and finished atop the leaderboard at 8 under par. He and David Mills of Evansville, Ind., who was 5 under, were the only players to finish ahead of Clouser.
It was the fourth straight top-20 finish at the state amateur for Clouser, who was runner-up at the 2011 event. Ball State has had two of the past five champions with Tyler Merkel winning in 2012 and Eric Steger in 2010.