Ferris golf teams open season

BIG RAPIDS —  The Ferris State University men’s golf squad opened the spring season with a runner-up finish in the Saddlebrook Spring Kickoff held Wednesday through Friday in Tampa, Fla.

The Bulldogs shot a three-round score of 913 to finish at plus-73 for the 54 holes of action and trailed only champion Grand Valley State, which carded a 877 figure, in the six-team event.

Ferris State opened action on Wednesday with a 310 team score and then came back with a 301 figure on Thursday followed by a final round 302 score on Friday.

Bulldog senior Jack Weller paced FSU as he shared fifth place overall with a 223 score (plus-13) on the par 70 course measuring 6,480 yards. He shot a 75 in round one before carding a 76 in round two and a 72 in the final round.

FSU freshman Thomas Hursey finished tied for ninth overall with a 226 (plus-16) score for the three rounds of action. He followed up his first-round 79 figure with a 74 in round two and a 73 over the final 18 holes.

Ferris State senior Andrew Hammett also finished in the top 15 overall as he placed 15th at 229 (plus-19) in the event. He notched a 76 in round one and carded a 75 in the middle round before wrapping up the tournament with a 78 on Friday.

Another Bulldog senior, Seth Terpstra, placed 21st in the field with a 237 (+27) score. He tallied rounds of 80, 76 and 81 over the three days of action, respectively.

Finally, senior Ryan Bayer placed 27th overall at +35 for the three rounds as he shot a 84 in the opening round followed by a 82 on Thursday and a 79 on Friday.

Ferris State also had several golfers compete individually in the tournament, including a pair who finished in the top 15 overall. Sophomore Andrew Proctor came in eighth at 225 (plus-15) on rounds of 76, 72 and 77 with sophomore Jason Martinus tied for 11th with a 227 (plus-17) score. She shot a 75 in the first round and fired back-to-back 76’s the last two days.

Junior Joshua Jeffords also competed individually and shot a 235 score (plus-25), which was good for a share of 19th place. He totaled a 79 in each of the first two rounds and then closed with a 77 in Friday’s action.

FSU freshman Daniel Shattuck was the next individual finisher at 242 (plus-32) for 25th place with rounds of 81, 81 and 80 overall.

Finally, senior Brad Walling totaled a 282 score (+72) for 36th place in the field with a first-round 94 score followed by a 95 on Thursday and a 93 in Friday’s action.

The Bulldogs will next take part in the Saginaw Valley State Invitational on Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17, in Georgetown, Ky.


The Ferris State University women’s golf team officially opened its spring season by placing third overall in the Saddlebrook Spring Kickoff held Wednesday through Friday in Tampa, Fla.

The Bulldogs shot a three-round score of 1,045 at plus-181 for the event on the par 72 Saddlebrook course measuring 5,833 yards.

A total of four teams competed with Tiffin claiming first (981) followed by Northern Michigan (989) in second, FSU in third and Walsh in fourth (1069).

FSU was led by freshman Mackenzie Dale, who shot a 250 (plus-6) score for the three rounds of action and placed fifth overall. After a first-round 91, she shot a 81 in round two and closed with a 78 over the final 18 holes of action.

The Bulldogs’ Elaina DeRose, also a freshman, came in tied for 11th overall at 259 (plus-43) on rounds of 85 Wednesday followed by back-to-back 87 scores the final two days.

Ferris State junior Shayna Schneider placed tied for 14th in the field with a 268 (plus-52) score as she carded a 94 in the opening round before shooting a 90 in round two and an 84 in the final round.

Junior Mari Suokko finished 17th in the draw with a 272 figure (plus-56). She fired back-to-back 91’s the first two days and wrapped up the tourney with a 90 on Friday.

The Bulldogs’ Emma Polski placed tied for 22nd at 292 (plus-14) with a first-round 101 and a second-round 105 total followed by an 86 in the last round for the freshman.

Ferris State opened the tournament with a 361 team score on Wednesday and shot a 349 on Thursday along with a final-round 335 figure on Friday.

FSU is next slated to take part in the Saginaw Valley State Spring Invitational set for Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17, in Georgetown, Ky.




Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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