Ferris Lands NCAA Super Regional Berth

Ferris' Eric Lilleboe measures up a putt
Ferris' Eric Lilleboe measures up a putt

The nationally-ranked Ferris State University men's golf team will be participating in postseason play for the seventh consecutive season as the Bulldogs have been chosen to compete in the 2009 NCAA Division II Midwest/South Central Regional as announced Friday (April 24) by the NCAA-II Men's Golf Selection Committee.

The Bulldogs, who are seeded second among 10 Midwest Region qualifying teams, will join 10 other South Central Region teams to play in the 54-hole tournament. Four individuals from each region are slated to compete in the Midwest/South Central Regional, which will be contested May 4-6 at Grand Valley State University's The Meadows Golf Club in Allendale, Mich.

Along with Ferris State, those representing the Midwest Region are Indianapolis, Grand Valley State, Bellarmine, Wayne State, Findlay, Drury, Wisconsin-Parkside, Northern Kentucky, and Ashland. Top-seed Indianapolis was the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) champion while third-seed Grand Valley State won the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) title. The four individuals participating are Kasey Hocquard of Saginaw Valley State, Rockhurt's Clarke Fry, Mike Hrunek of St. Joseph's (Ind.), and Logan Watts of Lewis.

The four Super Regional Tournaments will encompass the current eight regions. The top five teams and the top two individuals not with a team from each regional (regardless of region) will advance to the 2009 NCAA-II Men's Golf Championships on May 19-22 at the Loomis Trail Golf Club in Blaine, Wash. The finals will be hosted by Western Washington University. The Super Regional Tournaments will be paired as follows: Atlantic and East, South and Southeast, Midwest and South Central, and Central and West.

Ferris State, which is presently listed 25th in the Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll, has took top team honors in all four of its 2009 spring tournments - Ashland Invitational (March 28-29), NCAA-II Great Lakes Region Tournament II-The Jewell (April 4-5), Northwood Invitational (April 10-11), and the NCAA-II Great Lakes Region Tournament III (April 19-20). The Bulldogs, under second-year head coach Mike Mignano, have registered at least a fifth place or higher finish in nine of their 10 2008-09 season tournaments to date.

A season ago (May 5-7), fourth-seeded Ferris State placed third of eight teams with a three-round 889 team score at the 2008 NCAA-II Great Lakes Super Regional in Findlay, Ohio.

For more information about the 2009 NCAA-II Men's Golf Championships, log on to www.NCAA.com. Highlights of the NCAA-II Men's Golf Championships will be shown on CBS at 2 p.m. (EDT), Sunday, July 4. The CBS seasonal show will feature highlights of 17 different NCAA championships that took place during the spring.