Men's Golf Wins Season-Opening Tournament

The Ferris State men's golf team started its season off by winning the Al Watrous Memorial Intercollegiate Invitational.
The Ferris State men's golf team started its season off by winning the Al Watrous Memorial Intercollegiate Invitational.

The nationally-ranked Ferris State University men's golf team started off its 2009-10 season by winning the Saginaw Valley State Al Watrous Memorial Intercollegiate Invitational (Sept. 12-13) in Bay City, Mich., with a three-round first-place 837 team score.

The Bulldogs finished 27 strokes under par on the par 72, 6,860-yard Bay City Country Club with rounds of 281, 279, and 277, respectively.  Grand Valley State placed second among the 11 teams with a 846-stroke total (-18) while host Saginaw Valley State captured third-place honors by carding a 865 team score (+1).

Senior Eric Lilleboe (Okemos/Lansing Catholic Central) earned the distinction of being the top individual medalist by firing a school-record 14-under par 202 score (67-65-70=202, -14).  The mark was previously held by Jeff Carlson, who posted a 206-stroke total (68-69-69) at the 2007 NCAA Division II Central/Great Lakes Super Regional Tournament (May 7-9) in Joplin, Mo.

Finishing runner up to Lilleboe was junior Garrett Simons (Grand Ledge), who produced a second-place 206 score (71-67-68=206, -10).  Senior Kurt Valley (Bay City/Western) also cracked the top 10 with a sixth-place 211-stroke total (72-69-70=211, -5).

Junior Joe Brown (St. Ignace/LaSalle) turned in a 220 score (73-78-69=220, +4) to place among a three-way tie for 19th place while junior Craig Burrows (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Olmstead Falls) shot a 223 (71-78-74, +7) to gain a share of 27th place in his Ferris State debut. 

Ferris State entered this season ranked tied for 17th place in the 2009-10 Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Preseason Coaches' Poll (Sept. 3) with 113 points.

The Bulldogs will participate in the NCAA Division II Midwest Region Tournament I next weekend (Sept. 20-21) at the HawksHead Country Club in South Haven, Mich.