Ferris State golfers earn tournament bid

BIG RAPIDS — For the 15th consecutive year, the Ferris State University men’s golf team has received an official NCAA Tournament bid and will take part in the 2017 Midwest/Central Super Regional, which will take place May 8-10 at Awarii Dunes Golf Course in Axtell, Neb.

The announcement of 80 teams and 32 individual student-athletes for regional competition was released Friday by the NCAA-II Men’s Golf Selection Committee.

The Midwest/Central Regional will be hosted by the University of Nebraska at Kearney and will consist of 10 teams from the Midwest Region along with 10 from the Central Region.

Four individuals from each region also will compete in the 54-hole tournament.

At a minimum, the top three teams and the top two individuals not affiliated with a team from each regional (regardless of region) will advance to the 2017 NCAA-II Men’s Golf Championships slated for May 22-26 at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Fla. The finals will be hosted by the Sunshine State Conference and Central Florida Sports Commission.

Along with No. 5 seed Ferris State, those teams from the Midwest Region who will be making the super regional tourney appearance are top-seeded Missouri-St. Louis, Grand Valley State, Indianapolis, Bellarmine (Ky.), FSU, Saginaw Valley State, Wayne State, Marysville, Tiffin and Trevecca Nazarene in respective seeding order.

Central Missouri is the Central Region’s top seed and followed by Arkansas Tech, Central Oklahoma, Lindenwood (Mo.), Henderson State (Ark.), Southwestern Oklahoma State, Washburn (Kan.), Northeastern State (Okla.), Harding (Ark.) and Minnesota State-Mankato.

Ferris State posted a third-place performance at the 2010 NCAA-II Midwest/South Central Super Regional (May 3-5) in Duncan, Okla. The placing was high enough for the Bulldogs to make their 14th appearance at nationals in the program’s history as FSU would register a school-best effort by tying for seventh place in the 2010 NCAA-II National Championships (May 18-21) in Noblesville, Ind.

A year ago, FSU finished 12th in the super regional competition and failed to advance to the national championships in Allendale.

Ferris State’s current 15-year NCAA Championship appearance streak in men’s golf ranks as one of the longest active stretches in the country.

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