Men's Golf Wraps Up Fall Season With A Third-Place Tournament Performance

Joe Brown along with fellow senior Garrett Simons both tied for sixth place in the Bulldogs' final tournament of the fall season. (Photo by Ed Hyde)

The Ferris State University men's golf team closed out the fall portion of its 2010-11 campaign on a productive note as the Bulldogs registered a third-place showing at the 15-team Great Lakes Regional II Tournament (Oct. 18-19) in St. Louis, Mo.

The Bulldogs ended the two-day tourney with a 597 team score to finish 29 strokes over par.  FSU carded a 305 opening-round total in Monday's (Oct. 18) action at the Glen Echo Country Club before improving its team performance by 13 strokes with a 295 score in Tuesday's (Oct. 19) final round.  Ferris State finished 11 strokes in back of host Missouri -St. Louis (586, +18) and Drury (586, +18), who tied for first-place honors.  Missouri-St. Louis would go on to win the playoff hole and take home the tournament trophy.

A pair of seniors, Joe Brown (St. Ignace/LaSalle) and Garrett Simons (Grand Ledge) lead Ferris State by turning in sixth-place tying efforts.  Brown (75-72=147, +5) and Simons (74-73=147, +5) were among four individuals to gain a share of sixth place.  The two would turn in their scorecards with five-over par scores as Drury's Shawn Vanderwal claimed medalist honors by firing an even-par 142-stroke total.

Joining Brown and Simons among the top 20 was junior Ian Straayer (Caledonia/Grandville), who chalked up a 152 score (79-73=152, +10) and tied three other players for 16th place on the final leaderboard. 

Senior Kyle Wittenbach (Lowell), the 2010 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships medalist, earned a share of 21st place by tallying a 154 score (80-74=154, +12).  Wittenbach moved up 17 spots after tying for 38th place following opening round action.

Freshman Trent Davison (Rockford) netted a 155-stroke total (77-78=155, +13) and was one of four players to tie for 26th place.

Ferris State will return to the links in the spring as the Bulldogs resume play March 28-29 at the North Alabama Invitational in Muscle Shoals, Ala.  

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