May 19, 2010

Bulldogs Move Into Eighth-Place Tie At NCAA Men's Golf Championships

The nationally-ranked Ferris State University men's golf team hopes to make up for ground lost following Wednesday's (May 19) play in the 2010 NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championships at The Sagamore Golf Club in Noblesville, Ind., as the Bulldogs have dropped into an eighth-place tie with a two-round 615 team stroke total.

Ferris State, which entered today's second round in third place after an opening round of 305, shot a 310 score for a current 615 two-round score (+39).  As a result, the Bulldogs are presently tied with Central Missouri (311-304=615, +39).

The top place position is currently occupied by Florida Southern with a 19-under-par 595 team score followed by Sonoma (Calif.) State (604, +28) and Nova Southeastern (604, +28).

For Ferris State, senior Eric Lilleboe (Okemos/Lansing Catholic Central) continues to lead the team with a 151 score (73-78=151, +7) and now shares 19th place with three other golfers.  He recorded three birdies and five pars, which included four on the back nine, in second-round competition.  The two-time (2009 and 2010) Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Men's Golf Athlete of the Year trails current individual leader Ben Lasso of Queen's University of Charlotte by eight strokes going into this Thursday's (May 20) third round of the 72-hole tournament.

Junior Joe Brown (St. Ignace/LaSalle) and senior Kurt Valley (Bay City/Western) are both tied for 31st place following nine-over-par 153 stroke totals.  Brown (76-77=153, +9) and Valley (77-76=153, +9) are among five players to share the placing.  Brown completed the day with a pair of birdies and five pars while Valley accumulated two birdies to go with six par stroke scores.

Senior Craig Burrows (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Olmstead Falls) is tied for 76th place with a 161 (82-79=161, +17) as is junior Garrett Simons (Grand Ledge), who has also generated a 161 score (79-82=161, +17).  Burrows claimed par on four of the first nine holes to go with a birdie and then tallied par on two of the remaining nine.  

Third-round action will get underway this Thursday (May 20) with groups teeing off at 7:30 a.m. (EDT) and 12 p.m. (EDT) from the first and 10th tees. 

Live scoring for round three is available via Golfstat at this link.   

Ferris State is presently making its second straight national tournament appearance and the 14th all-time in the program's history.  The Bulldogs were recently ranked in a 24th-place tie in the final and fifth installment of the Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Coaches' Poll of the 2010 spring season.  

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