The nationally-ranked Ferris State University men's golf team concluded the 2009 fall season like the squad began the campaign as the Bulldogs won their third fall tournament with a first-place 880 team score at the Wayne State Motor City Invitational (Oct. 11-12), which was held at the Grosse Ile Golf and Country Club in Grosse Ile, Mich.
Ferris State captured first place among the tournament's 10 participating teams with a three-round 28 strokes over par 880 team score on the par 71, 6,828-yard course. The nationally 17th-ranked tying Bulldogs fired an opening round 299 before carding 295 and 286 scores, respectively in the final two rounds. Host Wayne State earned runner-up honors with an 884 (+32) followed by Ashland which shot an 888 score (+36) to claim third place. Grand Valley State garnered fifth place by firing an 898-stroke total (+46) and Wisconsin-Parkside's 901 score (+49) was good for fifth place.
Senior Craig Burrows (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Olmstead Falls) turned in a team-leading 220 score (75-77-68=220, +7) to secure fifth-place honors and ended up five strokes in back of Wayne State's Aaron Peterson's two-over par 215 score for individual medalist honors.
Senior Eric Lilleboe (Okemos/Lansing Catholic Central) wrapped up an outstanding fall season by tying for sixth place as a result of carding a 221 score (76-70-75=221, +8). Junior Garrett Simons (Grand Ledge) and senior Kurt Valley (Bay City/Western) both finished in an eighth-place tie as the two generated nine-over par 222-stroke totals. Simons (74-77-71=222, +9) and Valley (75-75-72=222, +9) were among four players to earn a share of eighth place.
Junior Joe Brown (St. Ignace/LaSalle) tallied a 26th-place tying 228 (75-73-80=228, +15) for the Bulldogs and sophomore Richard Weisenberger (New Hudson/South Lyon), who competed in a non-scoring capacity, produced a 228 score (75-73-80=228, +15) as well.
Ferris State is now idle until the spring 2010 when the Bulldogs will take part in the Northern Kentucky EZ-GO Classic (March 19-20) at Georgetown, Ky.