The Ferris State University men's golf team has high expectations for success and coaches throughout the nation agree as the Bulldogs are ranked tied for 17th place in the 2009-10 Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Preseason Coaches' Poll, which was released this Thursday (Sept. 3).
The Bulldogs compiled 113 points to tie Lander (S.C.) for 17th-place honors in the preseason poll. Georgia College received top billing by earning five of the 18 first-place votes and accumulating 390 points. Barry (Fla.) is listed second with 386 points and four first-place votes while Columbus (Ga.) State ranks third as a result of totaling 368 points and picking up one first-place vote. Lynn (Fla.) also tallied a first-place vote with 329 points to place fourth. Sonoma State (Calif.) rounds out the top five after garnering 317 points coupled with seven first-place votes.
The preseason poll will appear in the Sept. 7 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 wrapped up the 2008-09 season with a 24th-place national ranking in the final Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Coaches' Rankings Poll. The Bulldogs netted 51 points in the final national balloting. FSU proceeded to register a school-record tying eighth-place four-round 1,196-stroke team total at the 2009 NCAA-II Men's Golf Championships (5/19-22) in Blaine, Wash.
The Bulldogs, under the direction of third-year head coach Mike Mignano, begin their 2009-10 season on Sept. 12-13 at the Saginaw Valley State Al Watrous Memorial Tournament in University Center, Mich.