Ferris State Golf's Jack Weller Garners Runner-Up Honors At 2017 GAM State Championship

Jack Weller

Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University men's golf standout Jack Weller (Swartz Creek) continued his impressive summer of action by garnering runner-up honors earlier this week at the 2017 Golf Association of Michigan (GAM) Championship.

The 96th annual event was held at historic Barton Hills Country Club in Ann Arbor. Weller shot a closing round of even-par 72 to finish at 213 overall and only six strokes out of first place.

The GAM Championship is traditionally nearly as strong of a field as the Michigan Amateur, and offers top notch competition for the state's best amateur players. Non-exempt players must go through sectional qualifying in order to compete in the Championship.

Weller opened the event with a first-round 68 score followed by a 73 in the second round and a 72 over the final 18 holes of action in the 54-hole event.

Prior to the GAM Championship, Weller recently qualified for the 2017 U.S. Amateur Championships slated for Aug. 14-20 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. In a qualifying event for the amateur championship, Weller carded scores of 74 and 64 while tying the 18-hole course record in the final round and setting a new personal career tournament low at Forest Akers West Golf Course in Lansing. His eight-under par 64 over the final 18 holes was bogey free.

Earlier this summer, Weller also placed among the top five overall at the 2017 Nike Golf State Pro Am (June 5-6) at Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs.

During the 2016-17 campaign, Weller's play helped Ferris State advance to the national quarterfinals at the NCAA Division II National Championships in Florida. FSU was the only school outside of the state of Florida or South Carolina to finish among the top seven teams in the country in stroke play. The Bulldogs fell to eventual national champion Florida Southern in the round of eight.

The Bulldogs made their 15th all-time national championships appearance and first berth since 2010 after a runner-up finish in the super regional championships. Ferris State's current 15-year NCAA Championship appearance streak in men's golf ranks as one of the longest active stretches in the country.

The national quarterfinal appearance capped off what was an exciting season for the Bulldogs under first-year head coach Kyle Wittenbach, a FSU alum. The Bulldogs won four tournaments in the fall, earned a top 10 national ranking, claimed runner-up honors at the Super Regional Championship and placed a school-best seventh overall in stroke play at the national championships this past season before earning a trip to the NCAA Elite Eight.