Merkel leads Ball State to MAC Match Play title

Merkel leads Ball State to MAC Match Play title

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Merkel leads Ball State to MAC Match Play title

The championship bracket at this year’s Mid-American Conference Match Play was named after former Ball State coach Earl Yestingsmeier, who died last month.

(Read more about Earl Yestingsmeier’s career at Ball State)

So it was only fitting that the Cardinals won the title, defeating top-seeded Eastern Michigan, 4-2, in the final match Tuesday at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club in Dade City, Fla.

Ball State’s Tyler Merkel won all three of his matches, including his final one over Brett White, 3 and 2.

Xavier took third with a 4-2 win over Eastern Kentucky.

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Final results

ROUND 1

Eastern Michigan def. Ohio, 4-2

Eastern Kentucky vs. Toledo, halved*

Xavier def. Miami (Ohio), 4.5-1.5

Ball State def. Bowling Green State, 4-2

ROUND 2

Eastern Michigan def. Eastern Kentucky, 4.5-1.5

Ball State vs. Xavier, halved*

Toledo def. Ohio, 5.5-0.5

Miami (Ohio) def. Bowling Green State, 5.5-0.5

ROUND 3

Ball State def. Eastern Michigan, 4-2

Xavier def. Eastern Kentucky, 4-2

Ohio def. Bowling Green State, 4-2

Miami (Ohio) def. Toledo, 4-2

Note: Ball State won title; *-advanced on tiebreaker

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