September 27, 2009

Bulldogs Crowned Ferris State Matt Pinter Invitational Champions

The nationally-ranked Ferris State University men's golf team won its second fall season tournament as the Bulldogs recorded a three-round two-over par 842-stroke total to win the 2009 Ferris State Matt Pinter Invitational (Sept. 26-27) at FSU's Katke Golf Course in Big Rapids, Mich.

Senior Eric Lilleboe (Okemos/Lansing Catholic Central) carded a tournament-best even-par 210 score (70-71-69=210) to claim medalist recognition.  Lilleboe's first-place showing marked his second such performance this fall as he captured medalist kudos at the Saginaw Valley State Al Watrous Intercollegiate Invitational two weeks ago (Sept. 12-13) with a school-record 202-stroke total.

Senior Craig Burrows (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Olmstead Falls), a walk-on, generated a season-best 212 score (66-70-76=212, +2) to place third.  Junior Garrett Simons (Grand Ledge) finished tied for sixth place with a five-over par 215 (71-75-69=215, +5) while junior Joe Brown's (St. Ignace/LaSalle) 216 score (69-70-77=216, +6) earned him a three-way tie for eighth-place honors. 

Senior Kurt Valley (Bay City/Western), who shot a 219-stroke total (78-72-69=219, +9) rounded out the scoring for Ferris State as he shared 14th place with three other players. 

Sophomore Gary Bissell (East Lansing/Haslett) tied for 23rd place with a 222 (70-71-81=222, +12) in a non-scoring capacity.  Sophomore Richard Weisenberger (New Hudson/South Lyon) and junior Kyle Wittenbach (Lowell) each produced 224 scores to tie for 30th place.  Weisenberg (79-74-71=224, +14) and Wittenbach (76-73-75=224, +14) both finished 14 strokes over par as non-scoring individuals.  Sophomores Greg Meisner (Waterford/Kettering) and Scott Schuitema (Muskegon/Catholic Central) placed tied for 56th place and tied for 59th place, respectively as non scorers.  Meisner turned in a 238 (80-82-76=238, +28) and Schuitema notched a 242 score (82-81-80=242, +32).

The Bulldogs are presently ranked tied for 17th place in the most recent (Sept. 24) Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Coaches' Poll rankings.

Ferris State's next competition will be the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships next weekend, Oct. 3-4, at the Marquette (Mich.) Golf Course.  Northern Michigan will host this fall's conference tourney.   

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