Freshman Jacqueline DeBoer (Grand Rapids/South Christian) will be representing Ferris State University on the national stage as a result of qualifying for play at the upcoming 2011 NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championships to be held May 11-14 in Allendale, Mich.
DeBoer, the 2010-11 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Freshman of the Year Award recipient, earned a trip to nationals by placing among the top three individuals not affiliated with a team from each regional. The 2010-11 All-GLIAC First-Team selection won in a playoff at the 2011 NCAA-II Super Regional One (May 1-3) in Belle Vernon, Pa., by tallying a birdie on the first playoff hole.
DeBoer registered a team-best eighth-place tying performance at regionals by carding a 240-stroke total (81-77-82=240, +24). She recorded par on three of her first nine holes in final-round action and then garnered par five times on the second nine holes to finish with a 10-over par 82 third-round total.
As a team, Ferris State concluded the 2011 NCAA-II Super Regional One with a fifth-place performance as the Bulldogs compiled a 123-over-par 987 team score (340-323-324=987, +123) on the par 72, Cedarbrook Golf Gold Course.
DeBoer will be among 72 participants competing in the four-round 2011 NCAA-II Championships at Grand Valley State's The Meadows Golf Course. Her national tourney appearance will represent the sixth time a Bulldog women's golf student-athlete has competed in the national tournament and the fifth FSU individual to do so. The most recent to do so was three-time All-American Kathryn Bobbie in the 2003 NCAA Championships (May 14-17) in which she placed seventh with a four-round 313 score at the Mission Inn Golf Course in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
This season, DeBoer has averaged a team-leading 80.45 stroke average (1,770 total strokes) in 22 rounds. She has registered eight top-20 place efforts, which includes five within the top 10. DeBoer has paced the Bulldogs in five 2010-11 tournaments, including a season-best fifth-place performance at the Detroit Titans Invitational (April 11-12).