The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) has selected senior Kelbi Lee (Billings, Mont.) of the nationally-ranked 2008-09 Ferris State University men's golf team to its 2009 PING Division II All-America Third Team as announced by the GCAA.
Lee was one of eight student-athletes chosen to the third team and among 46 individuals to either receive first, second, third or honorable mention recognition.
Lee led 24th-ranked Ferris State to a school-record tying eighth-place national finish at the 2009 NCAA-II Men's Golf Championships (May 19-22) in Blaine, Wash., with a first-place tying 289 four-round regulation stroke total. He went on to claim tourney medalist runner-up honors with a first playoff hole setback.
A 2009 All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Honorable Mention Team pick, Lee ranked third among the 2008-09 FSU stroke leaders with a career season-best 73.73 strokes per round (2,433 total strokes) in 33 rounds this season. He recorded six top-20 finishes, which included three top-five efforts. The FSU golfer paced the Bulldogs in three 2008-09 tournaments and turned in a 16th-place tying performance at the GLIAC Championships (Oct. 5-6) by firing a 221 three-round score.
Lee concluded his two-year (2007-09) Ferris State career with a 74.35 stroke average (3,643 total strokes) in 49 rounds. He totaled nine career top-20 place showings and was among the top five individuals on three occasions.
Two of Lee's teammates, juniors Eric Lilleboe (Okemos/Lansing Catholic Central) and Kurt Valley (Bay City/Western) were named to the 2008-09 PING Midwest Region Team.
Lilleboe, a two-time (2007-08 and 2008-09) All-GLIAC First-Team selection, averaged a squad-leading and career single-season best 73.03 strokes (2,118 total strokes) in 29 rounds for the 2008-09 campaign. He accumulated nine top-10 place performances this season and had five among the top five individuals.
In this three-year (2006-09) collegiate career, Lilleboe has a current 73.99 stroke average (5,179 total strokes) in 70 rounds of action. The 2007-08 GLIAC Men's Golf Athlete of the Year has posted 19 top-10 place efforts while tallying 11 top-five place finishes.
Valley averaged a team second-best and career season-high 73.09 strokes (2,412 total strokes) in 33 rounds this season. The 2009 All-GLIAC First Teamer amassed eight top-20 place showings for the 2008-09 campaign with six occurring in the top five. He earned top individual medalist honors twice this season - at the NCAA-II Great Lakes Region Tournament II-The Jewell (April 4-5) and at the Northwood Invitational (April 10-11).
Valley, a three-year (2006-09) letterwinner, is presently averaging 74.62 strokes per round (6,940 total strokes) in 93 career rounds. He has placed among the top 20 individuals on 21 occasions, which featured 10 outings in the top five.
Lilleboe and Valley were tabbed as co-recipients of the 2008-09 squad's Most Valuable Player Award.
The GCAA All-America Committee selected the All-Americans based upon their outstanding play over the course of the entire 2008-09 season, including the NCAA Championships. To be selected to one of the PING All-America teams, a player must be named to one of the PING All-Region teams or finish among the top 15 golfers at the NCAA Championships. The GCAA, which was established in 1958, is the professional association of collegiate men's golf coaches. The non-profit organization is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes who participate in collegiate golf at all levels. Through its established events and programs, the GCAA maintains a goal of increasing awareness and the status of men's collegiate golf.