Men's Golf Builds National Powerhouse

The 1999-2000 Ferris State University men's golf team will have to work hard for an encore to the past two seasons.

In both 1997-98 and '98-99, the Bulldogs have gone undefeated in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference while recording back-to-back eighth place finishes at the NCAA Division II National Championships. Other highlights last season included winning the GLIAC Championship meet, a District IV Tournament, the Ferris State Invitational and the NCAA-II North Regional.

While the Bulldogs are optimistic about the upcoming season, they need to replace three seniors Jim Lusk, Andy Meikle and Matt Pesta. Lusk and Meikle were named to the 1999 NCAA-II All-America squad.

Despite the losses, the Bulldogs will have some accomplished golfers to build their team around. Sophomore Chad Tate returns after earning Golf Coaches Association of America National Freshman-of-the-Year honors. Tate earned medalist honors at the District IV Tournament, his first collegiate meet, and finished second on the squad with a 73.6 average over 17 rounds.

Seniors Bill Amundsen, John Hagemeier and Scott Seifferlein all gained valuable experience in 1998-99. Hagemeier, the GLIAC Player-of-the-Year as a sophomore, finished the season on a high note after recording FSU's top finish in two of the last three meets. He was also one of four Bulldog golfers to earn medalist honors after capturing first at the Wayne State Motor City Invitational.

Ferris State's roster will be solidified by a group of golfers who were on the roster last season, but were unable to crack the starting lineup. Included in the group are sophomore Tyler Averdick, junior Dustin Habeck, sophomore Camden Hubbard and sophomore Christoph Spora.

The Bulldogs open the season at the Lake Superior State Invitational (Sept. 10) and host a home meet at Katke Golf Course (Sept. 17-18). Other notable meets include the NCAA-II District IV Fall Tournament (Sept. 26-27) in South Haven, Mich., and the GLIAC Championship Meet (Oct. 8-9) in South Lyon, Mich.