Driving fore success

Ferris men’s golf starts on the right course

The Bulldog golfers have come back this season stronger than ever, placing second in their first two tournaments.

Ferris golf head coach Kyle Wittenbach believes his team has what it takes.

“This is a really special team,” Wittenbach said. “Arguably one of the most talented groups in Ferris State golf history, ever.”

With thoughts of going back to the National Championship in mind, the Bulldogs are ready to have a strong season.

Ferris senior Seth Terpstra has started the season on top. He was voted GLIAC Player of the Week and, to top it off, Terpstra brought home his first college victory this past weekend at the GLIAC North Invitational.

Getting back-to-back 71’s, Terpstra tied for first with a Grand Valley State University (GVSU) opponent and had to play an extra playoff hole to eventually secure the victory.

Having the invite hosted on a home course made taking first a little easier for Terpstra.

“It was nerve-wracking but it once again, being a home course, brought a little extra bit of confidence,” Terpstra said.

Terpstra is one of four seniors who competed on the five-player team this past weekend. Ferris senior Andrew Hammett came in fourth and Ferris senior Jack Weller ended ninth overall. The Bulldogs had a team total of 579, just two strokes more than the Invitational winner GVSU.

All four seniors that competed this past weekend were on the team during their 2016 National Championship run, where they finished seventh. This year, the Bulldogs are eyeing another run at a championship.

“They’ve been there before. They know how awesome it is,” Wittenbach said. “They plan on getting there by playing and competing the way they have been. They’re very capable, all four of these seniors played in the National Championship two years ago when we had our best finish in school history.”

The Bulldogs continue their season in Findlay, Ohio, Monday, Sept. 24, for the Findlay Fall Invite.