A pair of seniors, Kyle Wittenbach (Lowell) and Garrett Simons (Grand Ledge) highlight the 2010-11 season award winners for the Ferris State University men's golf team as announced by fourth-year head coach Michael Mignano, who was honored as the 2010-11 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (GLIAC) Coach of the Year.
Wittenbach gained a share of the 2010-11 team Most Valuable Player Award honors with Simons, who also earned the Bulldog Award which is given to a deserving team member who demonstrates the most dedication and hard work throughout the season. Sophomore Jacob Meek (Albuquerque, N.M./Pueblo, Colo. West) was chosen as the team's Most Improved Player Award recipient.
Wittenbach, who automatically earned All-GLIAC First-Team laurels this season by garnering medalist honors at the 2010 GLIAC Championships (Oct. 3-4) following a first-place three-round 215 score, tallied a team second-best 76.00 strokes average (1,976 total strokes) in 26 rounds this campaign. He chalked up five top-20 place performances, which featured finishing among the top five individuals on two occasions -- at GLIAC Championships and NCAA-II Great Lakes Region Tournament II-The Jewell (April 2-3).
Wittenbach, a 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-District IV College Division Men's At-Large First-Team selection, concluded his two-year (2009-11) Ferris State career averaging 75.84 strokes per round (2,351 total strokes) in 31 rounds.
A 2010-11 honorable mention All-GLIAC pick, Simons led Ferris State this campaign with a 75.56 stroke average (2,040 total strokes) in 27 rounds. The two-time (2009-10 and 2010-11) all-conference selection produced seven top-20 place efforts, which featured five top-10 place performances. Simons, who was the team's 2008-09 Bulldog Award recipient, led or shared for top team scoring honors in three tournaments this season.
Simons, a 2009-10 All-GLIAC First Teamer, wrapped up his three-year (2008-11) Bulldog career averaging 75.42 strokes (5,506 total strokes) in 73 rounds. He accumulated 15 top-20 place outings during his career with 10 of those efforts coming in the top 10.
Meek didn't compete in tournament play for the 2010-11 season.
Ferris State made its ninth regional tournament in a row this spring as the Bulldogs posted a 16th-place tying 914 score at the three-round 2011 NCAA-II Midwest/South Central Super Regional (May 2-4) in Georgetown, Ky.