Men's Golf Stays Tied For 17th Place In Golf World Poll

Assistant coach Phil Walling and senior Kurt Valley have helped the Bulldogs earn a 17th-place tie national ranking.

*2009-10 Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Coaches' Poll Release (9/28/09)* PDF

The first Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Coaches' Poll of the 2009 fall season lists the Ferris State University men's golf team tied for 17th place with 109 points and one first-place vote.  The national poll was released this Thursday (Sept. 24).

The initial 2009 fall season poll results will appear in the September 28th issue of Golf World and can be viewed online at www.golfworld.com.  The Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Coaches' Poll combines the resources of Golf World magazine, Nike Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).   

Ferris State remained in a 17th-place tie as the Bulldogs earned a share of that placing in the 2009-10 Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Preseason Coaches' Poll (Sept. 3).  In the latest poll, FSU is tied with St. Edward's (Texas) as the Hilltoppers moved up from 21st place in the preseason forecast.

Georgia College still holds the number-one position with 439 points and nine first-place votes while Columbus (Ga.) State garnered 390 points and three first-place votes to claim second place.

Golfstat, which is the official source for college golf scores and statistics, has Ferris State ranked eighth among NCAA-II teams in head-to-head competition.  The Bulldogs, under third-year head coach Mike Mignano, sport a 139-10 divisional record and have a 70.69 adjusted scoring average.  Individually, senior Eric Lilleboe (Okemos/Lansing Catholic Central) presently ranks second in the Golfstat Cup Standings with a 68.00 stroke average in five rounds this season and sports a +1.662 adjusted scoring average.  Senior Kurt Valley's (Bay City/Western) 70.20 stroke average in five rounds ranks 74th best among the national leaders.  

Scoring averages are adjusted for par and conditions.  To qualify for the Golfstat Cup, the golfer must be eligible for inclusion in the NCAA, NAIA, or JC Rating, have played in a minimum of 20 stroke play rounds by the end of the season, and been disqualified or withdrawn     
from no more than one stroke play tournament during the collegiate golf season.

The Bulldogs return to the links this weekend (Sept. 26-27), hosting the Ferris State Matt Pinter Invitational at FSU's Katke Golf Course in Big Rapids, Mich.  Opening-round play will get underway this Saturday (Sept. 26) at 2 p.m. (EDT) and continue this Sunday (Sept. 27), starting at 8 a.m. (EDT).

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