The men’s golf team placed 10th of 15 teams at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational Sunday. The event was hosted by Ball State.
The Bulldogs finished with a three-round total of 1144 in the two-day tournament and were led by junior Andrew Wegeng, who shot a 5-over-par total of 215, good enough for sixth place individually.
“We did not play up to our potential at Ball State,” freshman Andrew Eiler said. “We obviously aren’t happy where we finished, but we know what we need to focus on and what we need to do to succeed in conference this week.”
Senior Alex Walker finished tied for 11th place, thanks in large part to a 4-under-par 66 in the second round.
“Alex has been a very reliable scorer this season and a key part to our success,” Eiler said. “No matter how Alex is playing, you know he is going to make a couple of birdies on the back stretch to finish out.”
Butler finished 54 strokes behind tournament champion Louisville. The Bulldogs were able to top conference opponent Valparaiso, which finished in 13th place.
Despite the team’s recent struggles, Eiler said he is confident the team has a good chance at placing well in the upcoming Horizon League Championship tournament.
“Our conference is very balanced,” Eiler said. “Anyone can win it, but I feel we have a very good shot at winning. We have the potential to post three very good team scores.”
Butler’s next tournament will be the conference championship event in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. The three-day tournament will start Friday.