Perry, Women's Golf Team Claim Titles at The Preview
NASHPORT, Ohio -- The Ball State women's golf team won its second event this fall and Meghan Perry claimed her first individual collegiate title Tuesday at The 2012 Preview hosted by Ohio.
Perry closed the tournament Tuesday with a 1-over par 73, jumping from fifth place after day one to grab medalist honors at Longaberger Golf Club. She finished at 6-over par 150 (77-73) for the 36-hole event to win by one shot over Eastern Michigan's Meredith Fairbairn.
The junior from Evansville, Ind., helped Ball State to a three-stroke win over Bowling Green in the team race. The Cardinals started the day one shot off the lead held by Akron but fired a score of 306 on the final 18 holes to win the tournament with a score of 621 (315-306).
Bowling Green finished second at 624 (315-309) and Eastern Michigan took third at 625 (321-304) on the par-72, 6,073-yard layout. First-round leader Akron dropped to fifth in the final standings.
After challenging windy, rainy conditions in Monday's first round, Perry made her move in better scoring conditions Tuesday by carding six birdies. Her score of 73 matched the best round of the tournament and catapulted her from six shots back entering the final 18 holes.
"Meghan played outstanding," Ball State coach Katherine Mowat said. "I don't know if I've ever had another player make six birdies in one competitive round. I think we showed our depth out here in that we don't have one player who has to carry us. We have several girls who can go low."
It was the second time this week Perry was the Cardinals' top finisher. She tied for 20th at Indiana's Hoosier Fall Invitational that wrapped up on Sunday.
Senior Zoe Camus gave Ball State two top-10 finishers by tying for eighth place at 10-over par 154 (78-76) for her second top-10 result this fall. Sophomore Jenna Hague carded a 14-over 158 (80-78) to tie for 17th place.
Freshman Karley Dobis played as an individual and tied for 25th in the 83-player field at 160 (80-80).
Tuesday was the fourth consecutive day of competition for Ball State. The Cardinals went straight from playing Saturday and Sunday at the 54-hole Hoosier Invitational in Florence, Ind., to competing Monday and Tuesday at The Preview in Nashport.
"To play this well on our fourth straight day of competitive play shows how much fight and how much focus our golfers have," Mowat said. "I was very impressed and very proud with how they played."
The Preview was played on the same Longaberger course that will host the Mid-American Conference Championship in the spring. In addition to eight MAC teams -- Ball State, Akron, Bowling Green, Toledo, Northern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan and Ohio - the tournament also featured teams from Butler, Bucknell, Dayton, Youngstown State, Cleveland State and Chicago State.
The Cardinals have now won two of their four events this fall, having also finished first at their own Cardinal Classic in September. Ball State will conclude the fall portion of its schedule next week when it heads to Santa Clara's Colby Invitational in San Jose, Calif.