2000 Spring Men's Golf Notes
The Ferris State University men’s golf team has been selected to participate as a wild card in the 2000 Golf World National Intercollegiate Match Play Team Championships to be held October 21-23 at the Country Club of Big Oaks in Tupelo, Mississippi.
The Golf World Match Play Championships, which are presented by Rolex Watch U.S.A., will bring together eight of the top NCAA Division II and eight of the top Division III men’s collegiate golf teams to compete for separate championships at the same site using a team match play format. The competition rounds will be held over two days, with the first and second rounds played on Sunday, October 22 and the final round on Monday, October 23. All rounds will be a shotgun format.
“We’re ecstatic about being invited to this tournament,” said FSU head coach Brad Bedortha. “This is a great and unique opportunity for our program to gain some national recognition early in the season. From what I have seen in years past, the only time we get any notoriety is when we play the top teams at nationals.”
Ferris State made its fifth consecutive national championship tournament appearance this season as the Bulldogs finished in tied for eighth place with California-Davis at the 38th Annual NCAA-II Championships (May 16-19) in Turlock, Calif.
The Bulldogs concluded this season rated ninth nationally in the final 1999-2000 edition of the NCAA Division II Mastercard Collegiate Golf Rankings. The rankings were voted on by a panel of men’s collegiate golf coaches, in cooperation with the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA). In the final District IV rankings for the 1999-2000 season, Ferris State held the distinction of being the district’s top-rated team.
Ferris State finished in a tie for eighth place with a four-round total of 1184 at the NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championships, May 16-19, in Turlock, California. . .The Bulldogs compiled rounds of 292, 289, 292 and 311 to tie with California-Davis for eighth overall in the 18-team field. Mitch Flemming finished eighth individually to pace the Bulldogs with a 290 total (71-71-67-81). Chad Tate carded a 296 (74-73-78-71) to finish in a six-way tie for 24th place. FSU was making its fifth consecutive national championship tournament appearance.
Ferris is ranked 12th nationally in the May edition of the NCAA Division II Mastercard Collegiate Golf Rankings. The rankings were voted on by a panel of men's collegiate coaches in cooperation with the Golf Coaches Association of America and the National Golf Coaches Association.
The Bulldogs captured first place with a three-round score of 896 at the 17-team NCAA Division II North Regional Championships (May 1-3) in Romeoville, Illinois. . .John Hagemeier finished second after firing a score of 216 (72-69-75) to pace Ferris, while Dustin Akers tied for 24th place with a 230 total (73-76-81). . .Ferris will be competing at the 38th annual NCAA Division II Men's Golf Championships from May 16-19 at the Turlock (Calif.) Country Club. . .The Bulldogs will be making their fifth consecutive trip to the National Championships.
Ferris placed two players on the All-GLIAC First Team and two players on the All-GLIAC Second Team for the 2000 golf season. . .Earning First Team honors were John Hagemeier and Chad Tate, while Cam Hubbard and Matt Pesta garnered Second Team laurels.
The Bulldogs won the NCAA Division II North Regional championship by a four-stroke margin over runner-up Missouri-St. Louis (May 1-3) in Romeoville, Illinois. John Hagemeier paced Ferris with a three-day total of 216 to finish second in the individual standings. . .The Bulldogs started their successful week by placing second at the Gannon Invitational with a team score of 302 over 18-holes and first at the Mercyhurst Invitational with a 298. Hagemeier earned medalist honors at both invitationals, firing a 73 and winning top honors in a playoff at Gannon. He then shot a 72 at Mercyhurst to claim first prize.
FSU has placed first in its last four tournaments and has won 11 tournaments overall for the 1999-2000 season. Sophomore Chad Tate has carded a team-best 73.9 stroke average this season (1,552 total strokes in 21 rounds).
The Bulldogs placed five golfers in the top 20 to capture the NCAA Division II District IV golf tournament on April 17. After shooting a 279 in the first round, FSU fired a 285 in round two for a 36-hole team total of 564. Grand Valley was second in the District with a 571 seven shots behind the victorious Bulldogs. Chad Tate placed second overall with a 138, while Dustin Akers was tied for third with a 140. Mitch Flemming was ninth overall with a 144, while John Hagemeier and Scott Seifferlein each carded a 148.
Ferris placed first with a 597 score at the 13-team Finlay (Ohio) Spring Invitational, April 9-10. Chad Tate captured medalist honors with a 36-hole score of 143. John Hagemeier took third place with a 148 total.
Ferris State finished first with a 142 total at the rain-shortened 20-team Ashland Invitational, April 7. Senior John Hagemeier led the Bulldogs with a second place total of 34 for the 9-hole event. Ferris is ranked 15th nationally in the first spring edition of the NCAA Division II Mastercard Collegiate Golf Rankings.
1999 Fall Men's Golf Notes
The Bulldogs completed their fall season with a second place finish at the 1999 GLIAC Championships. The top finisher for Ferris was Chad Tate, who tied for third with a 54-hole score of 223. The Bulldogs won five of their eight meets in fall competition this year.
The Bulldogs won the Ferris Invitational (Sept. 17-18) with a 36-hole team score of 586. FSU's top finisher was Chad Tate, who shot a 144 and captured medalists honors by defeating Northwood's Bryan Shark in a playoff.
The Bulldogs opened their season with a win at the Lake Superior Invitational on Sept. 10. The Bulldogs had a single-round score of 303 to capture their 16th straight regular season GLIAC meet. On the following day (Sept. 11), FSU won the Northern Michigan Invitational with a 588 total.