July 1, 2009

Two Golfers Attain All-America Scholar Kudos

Senior Raquel Hansen (West Olive/Grand Haven) and freshman Bryce Hetchler (Clinton Township/Fraser), both members of the nationally-ranked 2008-09 Ferris State University women's golf team, have been tabbed as All-America Scholar Team members by the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) for the 2008-09 season.

The two were among 65 student-athletes and eight from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC)-member schools to earn Division II NGCA All-America Scholar Team recognition.

The 2008-09 NGCA All-American Scholar Team is comprised of a combined 410 women's collegiate golfers at the Division I, II, and III levels. The criteria for All-America Scholar Team honors requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 and have competed in at least 66 percent of their team's regularly scheduled competitive rounds during the season.

Hansen became a four-time selection after previously being named to the NGCA All-America Scholar Team in the 2005-06, 2006-07, and 2007-08 seasons while Hetchler is a first-time honoree. To date, the Ferris State women's golf program has had one of its student-athletes earn NGCA All-America Scholar-Athlete recognition on 22 occasions.

A 2008-09 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America College Women's At-Large College Division First-Team pick, Hansen registered a team second-best 78.66 stroke average (2,281 total strokes) in 29 rounds for the 2008-09 season. Her stroke average this season currently ranks 11th best among Ferris State's all-time single-season leaders. The 2008-09 All-GLIAC First-Team performer finished nine times among the top 20 individual golfers in tournaments this campaign, which included seven top-10 performances. Hansen tallied a team-leading sixth-place tying 235 score at the 2009 NCAA Division II East Regional (May 3-5) in which the Bulldogs captured second-place honors.

Hansen achieved all-conference second-team laurels in each of her previous three seasons (2005-06, 2006-07, and 2007-08). She also attained GLIAC All-Academic Team kudos the last three straight seasons (2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09). Hansen garnered ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV honors in consecutive seasons (2007-08 and 2008-09), earning second-team kudos in 2007-08 and first-team member accolades in 2008-09. Hansen was also chosen as the program's recipient of the Bulldog Award for the second consecutive season this spring as a result of displaying the most dedication and hard work on the squad.

Hansen, a marketing/professional golf management major, closed out her four-year (2005-09) Bulldog career currently ranked fifth among the program's all-time stroke average leaders at 79.89 (8,549 total strokes) in 107 rounds. She accumulated 27 top-20 place showings during her career and produced 19 top-10 performances.

Hetchler, a 2008-09 first-team All-GLIAC pick, placed fourth among the 2008-09 team's stroke average leaders at 80.67 (2,178 total strokes) in 27 rounds. She turned in six top-20 place efforts and had three outings among the top 10 for the 2008-09 season. Hetchler paced Ferris State at the 2009 GLIAC Championships (April 26-27) with a squad-best eighth-place 160 two-round stroke total.

Hansen and Hetcher were key players in guiding FSU to a sixth-place tying performance at the 2009 NCAA-II Women's Golf Championships (May 13-16) in Findlay, Ohio. Hansen netted a four-round 321 score to tie for 32nd place at the national tourney while Hetcher took 41st place by firing a 325 score in what marked the Bulldogs' sixth consecutive national tournament appearance.

Ferris State concluded the 2008-09 campaign ranked 10th nationally in the final Golf World/NGCA Women's Golf Coaches' Poll.

The National Golf Coaches Association, which was founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women's collegiate golf coaches. The NGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the NGCA represents nearly 500 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.

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