Ferris State Golfers Finish Second At Midwest Region Tournament III

Senior Kurt Valley tied for third place to lead the Bulldog men's golf team. (Photo by Ed Hyde)

Senior Kurt Valley (Bay City/Western) shot a one-under par 143 to lead the Ferris State University men's golf team to a second-place performance at the NCAA-II Midwest Region Tournament III (April 11-12) in Noblesville, Ind.

Ferris State carded a 592-team stroke total with rounds of 293 and 299 to finish 16 strokes over par and 12 in back of tourney champion Wayne State (580, +4).  Indianapolis captured third place with a 593 score (+17) followed by Grand Valley State (594, +18).  Rockhurst (595) and Findlay (595) both tied for fifth place with 19-strokes over par totals on the par 72, 7,369-yard Purgatory Golf Club Course. 

Kurt Valley's two-round 143 (73-70=143, -1) score tied him for third place with two Wayne State players.  Senior Eric Lilleboe (Okemos/Lansing Catholic Central) earned sole possession of sixth place by shooting an even par 144 (71-73=144, even).  Senior Craig Burrows (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Olmstead Falls) placed in a three-way tie for 40th place by netting a 152 score (74-78=152, +8).

Senior Pat Steffes (Fond du Lac, Wis./St. Mary's Spring), who made his season debut, produced a 153-stroke total (75-78=153, +9) to gain a four-way share of 43rd place honors. Junior Garrett Simons (Grand Ledge) rounded out the scoring for the Bulldogs with a 57th-place tying 155 score (76-79=155, +11).    

The second-place showing marked the second straight for Ferris State, which also captured runner-up honors at the NCAA-II Midwest Region Tournament II-The Jewell last weekend (April 2-3) at Georgetown, Ky.

Ferris State will compete in the Findlay Outback Steakhouse Invitational this weekend (April 16-17) at the Red Hawk Run Golf Course in Findlay, Ohio.

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