BULLDOGS CAPTURE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE TOURNEY TITLE
The Ferris State University men's golf team captured its fourth consecutive tournament championship as the Bulldogs won the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional Tournament #3, which wrapped up with final round play Monday (April 20) at the Purgatory Golf Course in Noblesville, Ind.
Despite rainy conditions for the second-straight day, the Bulldogs took the title by six strokes over host Indianapolis. FSU shot a final-round score of 312 after taking the first-day lead with a 286 on Sunday (April 19) to finish at 598 overall.
Indianapolis carded a 604 followed by Grand Valley State (605) in third place among the 19 competing teams on the par 72 course measuring 7,099 yards. Bellarmine (Ky.) and Findlay both tied for fourth place with a 608 team score.
Findlay's Michael Schmitmeyer won the individual title with a 145 total, but finished only a single stroke in front of three individuals tied for second place including two Bulldog golfers in juniors Eric Lilleboe and Kurt Valley.
Valley posted a 75 Monday after shooting a 71 in the first round while Lilleboe totaled a final-round score of 77 to go with his opening-day 69 as both finished with a 146-stroke total for the tournament. Wayne State's Steve Cuzzort was also part of the three-way tie for second place individually.
FSU junior Pat Steffes placed tied for 18th in the field at 153 with rounds of 74 and 79, respectively, over the two days of action. Senior Kelbi Lee finished tied for 26th overall as he posted a 81 on Monday after a first-day score of 73 in Sunday's action.
Finally, Bulldog senior Brian Janty was one stroke behind Lee at 155, which was good for a tie of 33rd place. Janty recorded an 82 on Monday to go with his 73 on Sunday.
The field included 93 individuals overall.
The tournament was the last scheduled regular-season event for the Bulldogs, who are likely to receive a berth and next compete in the NCAA Division II Central/Great Lakes Super Regional hosted by Grand Valley State on May 4-6 at the Meadows Golf Club in Allendale, Mich.