The nationally-ranked Ferris State women's golf team rounded out its 2009 NCAA Division II East Regional Tournament (May 3-5) stay with a berth into the national tournament as the Bulldogs placed second overall with a final score of 960 (+96).
FSU moved up from fourth place after the opening two rounds into second place as the Bulldogs compiled rounds of 320, 321, and 319 on the par 72, 6,181-yard Cedarbrook Golf Gold course in Belle Vernon, Pa.
Ferris State, ranked eighth in the latest (April 22) Golf World/National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) Women's Golf Coaches' Poll, earned a national tournament bid for the sixth consecutive year and the second straight time under second-year head coach Mike Mignano. The appearance marks the ninth time in program history in which the Bulldogs will compete at the NCAA National Championships.
The top three team finishers and top three individuals not playing with a team from each super regional earned a trip to the 2009 NCAA-II Women's Golf Championships, which runs Wednesday-Saturday, May 13-16 in Findlay, Ohio, at the University of Findlay Golf Course.
Grand Valley State, the top seed in the East Region, claimed the East Regional team title after leading the entire tourney. The Lakers finished with a 918 score (+54) in the 54-hole event. Joining Ferris State and Grand Valley State as NCAA national tourney qualifiers is Indianapolis, which concluded play just one stroke in back of the Bulldogs with a third-place 961-stroke total (+97).
Senior Raquel Hansen (West Olive/Grand Haven) was Ferris State's top individual finisher as she carded a sixth-place tying 235 score (78-76-81=235, +19).
Senior Alison Meyer (Duluth, Minn./Central) also made the top 10 on the leaderboard by producing a final score of 237 (76-80-81=237, +21), which was good for ninth place. Freshman Bryce Hetchler (Clinton Township/Fraser) turned in a notable performance in her first career NCAA appearance by firing a 25th-place tying 249 score (81-82-86=249, +33).
Senior Meghan Hunter (Dexter) produced a 250 (89-83-78=250, +34) which earned her a two-way tie for 27th-place honors. Freshman Erin Fuchik (Tulsa, Okla./Bishop Kelley) concluded her first regional appearance with a 54-hole score of 251 (85-87-79=251, +35).
Hansen and Hunter both finished the three-round tournament with five birdies apiece.