The continued success of the Ferris State University women's golf program has resulted in the Bulldogs attracting some of the state's best high school players and the most recent is Jacqueline DeBoer (Grand Rapids/South Christian), who has signed a letter of intent to attend and play women's golf at FSU. The announcement was made by third-year Bulldog women's golf head coach Mike Mignano.
"Jacqueline is a huge addition to our program and without a doubt one of the top high school golfers in the state," said Mignano, who inked DeBoer during the November early-signing period. "What impresses me most about her is the maturity and intelligence that she displays on the golf course. She does an outstanding job of staying patient on the golf course and making smart decisions to minimize mistakes and play to her strengths.
"As an individual and team state champion, Jacqueline will bring valuable experience and knowledge on the importance of being a team player. She has been highly successful in the classroom and very involved in extracurricular activities - two important aspects of excelling at the next level," added Mignano.
DeBoer, who will graduate in the spring of 2010, played a significant role in leading South Christian High to the 2009 Michigan High School Division III State Championship title this October 16-17 at Grand Valley State University's The Meadows Golf Course in Allendale, Mich., as the Sailors won first-place accolades by 61 strokes.
DeBoer contributed in a major way as she carded a one-over-par 74 score to capture the school's first-ever individual title at the state tournament. She registered a 149 stroke total with rounds of 75 and 74, respectively, in the 2009 state finals event for head coach Rod VanDyke's squad. Prior to claiming the tourney's medalist honor, DeBoer had been among the top 10 the previous three years with the highest being a sixth-place showing as a freshman.
In her high school golfing career, DeBoer has been a part of a Division III state champion squad in the spring 2007 with a sixth-place individual finish. She would go on to help the Sailers to back-to-back Division III state championship runner-up placings in the fall of 2007 and in 2008. DeBoer garnered eighth place among the 2007 state tourney individual leaderboard while taking ninth-place honors in the 2008 state tourament event.
Ferris State is presently ranked 21st in the nation in the latest (Nov. 7) 2009-10 Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Coaches' Poll. The Bulldogs tied for sixth place at the 2009 NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championships which represented the program's sixth consecutive national tournament appearance.