The Ferris State University women's golf team started off action at the 2010 NCAA Division II Super Regional One this Sunday (May 2) with a 40-over-par 328 team score and is currently in seventh place following the opening round at the par-72 Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield, Mo.
The Bulldogs trail Drury (Mo.) by nine strokes for sixth place while Grand Valley State is tops among the nine team participating with a first-place 304-stroke total (+16). California (Pa.) is in second place after producing a 308 score (+20) and trails GVSU by four strokes. Indianapolis (309, +21) is in third place and Ashland (316, +28) occupies fourth place.
Freshman Ashley Swanson (Flushing/Flint Powers Catholic Central) carded a team-best 78 score (+6) and is one of eight individuals currently tied for 12th place.
Sophomore Erin Fuchik (Tulsa, Okla./Bishop Kelley) registered a 79-stroke total (+7) in the first round and is in a 20th-place tie to date. Sophomore Blaize Baumgartner (Perry) turned in an 85 score (+13), which is good for 40th place.
Sophomores Brooke Rodes (Traverse City/West) and Bryce Hetchler (Clinton Township/Fraser) are tied for 41st and 43rd place honors, respectively. Rodes netted an 86-stroke total (+14) while Hetchler shot an 87 (+15) through 18 holes of play.
Ferris State will begin the second round this Monday (May 3) morning. The Bulldogs will seek to climb up the leaderboard to secure a spot at the 2010 NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championships (May 12-15) in Mesa, Ariz.
The Bulldogs, under head coach Mike Mignano, are midst their ninth consecutive appearance at regionals.
The top three teams along with the top three individuals not affiliated with a team from each super regional will advance to the championships.
Live stats of the NCAA Super Regional One can be found at http://golfstat.com/.