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.