Women's Golf Ties For Fifth Place In Own Ferris State Bulldog Invitational

The Bulldogs tied for fifth place at Saturday's Ferris State Bulldog Invitational.
The Bulldogs tied for fifth place at Saturday's Ferris State Bulldog Invitational.

The nationally-ranked Ferris State University women's golf team shot a final-round 319 score in Saturday's (Sept. 5) 2009 Ferris State Bulldog Invitational as the Bulldogs finished tied for fifth place with a two-round 633-stroke total on FSU's Katke Golf Course in Big Rapids, Mich.

The host Bulldogs, who are listed ninth in the 2009-10 Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Preseason Coaches' Poll,  carded an opening-round 314 score before registering a 319 total in final-round action to tie Ashland (Ohio) for fifth place.  Grand Valley State claimed the tournament title with a 597-stroke total (+21) while Indianapolis (608, +32) was second and Southern Indiana (622, +46) placed third.  California, Pa. fired a 632 score (+56) to capture fourth-place honors among the 18-tourney team participants.

Sophomore Bryce Hetchler (Clinton Township/Fraser) led the way for Ferris State by firing a 151 score (74-77=151, +7), which was good for eighth place.  Fellow sophomore Brooke Rodes (Traverse City/West) finished in a three-way tie for 19th place by shooting a 158 (81-77=158, +14).

Sophomore Blaize Baumgartner (Perry) netted a 162 score (80-82=162, +18) to tie for 27th place.  Freshman Ashley Swanson (Flushing/Flint Powers Catholic Central) generated a 41st-place tying 166-stroke total (79-87=166, +22) in her first collegiate match.   Sophomore Breezy Bernth (Greenville) rounded out the scoring for Ferris State by producing a 170 score (87-83=170, +26), good for a 49th-place tie.

The FSU women's golf team to action this week (Sept. 7-8) when the Bulldogs participate in the Grand Valley State Laker Classic at GVSU's The Meadows Golf Course in Allendale, Mich.