By Brandon Roberts/Sports writer
Eastern’s men’s golf team traveled to Muncie, Ind., this past weekend to participate in the Earl Yestingmeier Invitational, hosted by Ball Sate University.The Colonels placed sixth overall after finishing the second round in fifth place.
Although the team dropped a spot in the final round, Eastern still managed to finish sixth out of the 18 competing teams.
Tyler Cain led the Colonels individually with a three-round total of 217 and finishing in a share for ninth place. Justin Moore and Josh McCracken both shot a 219 and tied for 14th place. McCracken shot the lowest final round of any Colonel with a 71. Moore began play in the final round tied for second, but a final-round 79 caused him to drop 12 spots.
Overall, the Colonels shot an 881 (303-280-298), one stroke back of fifth place and 26 strokes behind tournament winner Notre Dame.
Ball State’s C.D. Hockersmith was tops individually after firing a 211.
“We just couldn’t put anything together,” coach Pat Stephens said. “We are just trying to get everybody in the mix.”
The Colonels shot a 303 in the first round and a 280 in the second to finish play Monday in the fifth spot.
A bright spot for the Colonels was Justin Moore, who ended the second round tied for second place individually. Rounds of 71 and 69 and an overall score of 140 put Moore in second, and 78 in the first round and 67 in the second left Tyler Cain tied for 17th with a score of 145.
Brandon Berry ended the tournament with a 227 and in 55th place.
Nick McDaniel’s final round 231 landed him in 65th place.
Next up for the Colonels is the Xavier Invitational in Cincinnati. Stephens is excited about the tournament.
“It’s a good district tournament,” Stephens said. “We always like playing there.”
The Colonels finished third in the tournament last season, which was shortened by rain, and are playing a course they have never played before.
“We are trying to see how some of our players do under pressure,” Stephens said. “We are still trying to mix-and-match.”
The tournament will take place October 11-12.
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