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 Cosat Named Ball State's Most Improved Golfer

July 16, 2008 - Former Knightstown Panther Ross Cosat was named Ball State University’s Most Improved Player in golf and was named to the Academic All-Mid-American Conference Team. Brian Maurer and Matt Schumaker, Columbia City High School, were also recognized as the Ball State Team Captains for the 2007-08 season.

Cosat managed a 75.03 golf average while maintaining a 3.40 grade-point average on Ball State’s 4.0 scale as a business major. Cosat tied for 10th at the MAC Championships and posted a career low 65 at the Yestingsmeier Invitational. He had five top-25 finishes, including a season-best ninth place showing at the Yestingsmeier Invitational.

Maurer, a former Richmond High School star athlete, and Andrew Rhodes, Oak Hill High School, who were both junior members of the Ball State University men’s golf team this past season, were named co-recipients of the Travis Smith Most Valuable Player Award, according to head coach Mike Fleck.

The Ball State MVP Award is named in honor of Travis Smith, who was a freshman member of the golf team in 2006-07 and was tragically killed in an auto accident in January of his first year at Ball State.

Maurer led the Cardinals with a 74.13 stroke average in 38 competitive rounds. He managed nine top-25 finishes this past season, including three top-10 showings for Ball State. Maurer tallied a season best ninth-place finish at Ball State’s Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational. He tied for 14th at the MAC Championships to help the Cardinals to a third-place finish.

Rhodes, who was a junior at Ball State but in his first season as a member of the men’s golf team, was second on the team with a 74.87 average in 38 competitive rounds. He tallied five top-25 finishes last season, including a tie for 10th at the MAC Championships.

Schumaker was a junior member of the golf team and tallied a 74.88 average in 24 competitive rounds. He posted a career low 68 at the Yestingsmeier Invitational where he managed a season-best 10th place finish. Schumaker also had top-25 showings at the Belmont Fall Shootout (22nd tie) and the Indiana/Wolf Run Intercollegiate (24th tie).

Ball State will open the fall portion of its 2008-09 schedule Aug. 31, at the Rutherford Intercollegiate in Farmington, Pa., hosted by Penn State. Ball State will host the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational Sept. 22-23, at Delaware Country Club in Muncie.


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