Ashley Swanson and Bryce Hetchler Share Team Most Valuable Player Award

Ashley Swanson and  Bryce Hetchler Share Team Most Valuable Player Award
Freshman Ashley Swanson was the recipient of two 2009-10 team awards. (Photo by Ed Hyde)

The Ferris State University women's golf team recently celebrated its many accomplishments for the 2009-10 season and also recognized three student-athletes for their efforts this season.

Sophomore Bryce Hetchler (Clinton Township/Fraser) and freshman Ashley Swanson (Flushing/Flint Powers Catholic Central) were selected as co-recipients of the Most Valuable Player Award.  The last time a pair of Bulldogs shared the award was in the 1999-00 season. 

Swanson also received the Bulldog Award, which recognizes a current team member who displays the most dedication and hard work.  The Most Improved Player Award was presented to sophomore Breezy Bernth (Greenville).

Hetchler, a two-time (2008-09 and 2009-10) All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Second-Team pick, finished third among Ferris State's 2009-10 leaders with an 81.65 stroke average (2,123 total strokes) in 26 rounds.  She registered four top-20 place performances this season with three of those being among the top 10.  In her two-year FSU career, Hetchler is presently averaging 81.15 strokes per round (4,301 total strokes) in 53 rounds of competition.

Swanson averaged a team-leading 81.08 strokes (1,946 total strokes) in 24 rounds and attained All-GLIAC Honorable Mention Team recognition this season.  She chalked up five top-20 place efforts in tournament play this campaign, which featured three top-10 place performances.  Swanson led Ferris State to a seventh-place finish at the 2010 NCAA Division II Super Regional One (May 2-4) with a squad-best 233 score (78-9-76=233) in the three-round tourney.

Bernth compiled a 90.28 stroke average (1,625 total strokes) in 18 rounds this season to go along with one top-20 place showing.  She has produced a 89.40 career stroke average (2,235 total strokes) in 25 rounds to date.      

Ferris State, under the direction of third-year head coach Mike Mignano, made its ninth consecutive NCAA-II Regional Tournament appearance this spring.

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