ANGOLA, Ind. -- The Ball State women’s golf team topped Toledo by one stroke Saturday to grab first place in the weather-shortened Angola Shootout.
The tournament was originally scheduled for 36 holes, but cold temperatures pushed back the start time Saturday and forced the event to be shortened to 18 holes. Snow on the course then delayed the start even further, but the teams finally teed off early Saturday afternoon.
Temperatures crept into the high 30s and golfers fought through a biting wind for portions of the round at the par-72 Glendarin Hills Golf Club. Ball State was able to prevail for its fourth tournament victory of the season in its final tune-up for next weekend’s Mid-American Conference Championship.
The Cardinals got a preview of many of the teams that will be in the field next week as the seven-team Angola Shootout featured five other MAC squads.
“I’m very pleased with how we played,” Ball State coach Katherine Mowat said. “The outcome is exciting because we beat five MAC teams, and we want to carry that momentum into next week when we compete in our most important event of the year. I thought Sarah especially had a really good showing today, and it was great to see her play so well.”
Ball State won with a team score of 20-over par 308. Toledo closed at 309, while Cleveland State, the lone non-MAC team, claimed third place at 311.
Bowling Green (313) took fourth and Akron (314) was fifth as the top five teams all finished within six strokes of each other. Western Michigan (322) and Ohio (328) rounded out the field.
Westaway turned in her best round of the season with Saturday’s 75, and the second-place finish marked the best of her collegiate career. She and Hague were two of the steadiest players in the field with each recording 13 pars to tie for the most of all golfers.
Zoe Camus was the next-best finisher for the Cardinals, posting a round of 6-over 78 to tie for 12th place. Autumn Duke and Meghan Perry both finished with rounds of 80 to tie for 21st as Ball State put all five golfers in its lineup in the top half of the field.
“This is a wonderful championship golf course,” Mowat said. “The whole concept for this event came together with a bunch of the MAC coaches wanting one day of competition the week before the conference tournament. The weather conditions forced us to lose one round, but I’m thankful we were able to get one round in.”
Ball State now turns its attention to the MAC Championship, which gets underway Friday at Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio.
The Cardinals, who won The 2012 Preview at Longaberger during the fall season, have finished in the top 3 at the MAC Championship in each of the past three seasons. Ball State was the runner-up last year, while Hague was the individual medalist.