Sept. 18, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS - The Grand Valley State men's golf team shot a final round 305 on Tuesday (Sept. 18) to move in to the top 10, finishing in ninth against a stacked field at Brickyard Crossing G.C.
In the 16-team field, 12 of the schools were ranked or receiving votes in the preseason GolfWorld/Nike Golf Division II Coaches Poll, including the top four schools in the rankings and six of the top 10. Defending national champion Nova Southeastern (#1), Barry (#2), Chico State (#3), CSU-Stanislaus (#4), Western Washington (#9), Central Missouri (#10), St. Edward's (#14), Indianapolis (#16), CSU-Monterey Bay (#17), Washburn (#25), GVSU (RV) and Valdosta State (RV) were all mentioned in the preseason ranking.
The Lakers might see themselves move up on that list after the performance they posted at the Brickyard Invite, as GVSU took advantage of struggling squads in front of them and shot the sixth-best round of the day to finish at 902 for the tournament, only 10 strokes outside of the top five.
Junior Chris Cunningham (Milford, Mich.) carded the best round of the day for the Lakers, shooting a 74 (+2) to finish his tournament at 220 (+4) and in a tie for 15th.
Sophomore Jack Rider (Kalamazoo, Mich./Hackett) shot a 75 (+3) in the final round and also finished at 220 (+4) on the tournament and tied for 15th.
Junior Joel Siegel (Sparta, Mich.) carded his second consecutive 77 (+5) to finish at 229 (+13) for the tournament and earned a spot in the top 50 on the individual leaderboard.
Freshman Tyler Polulak (DeWitt, Mich.) finished his first collegiate tournament with a 79 in the final round to total 233 for the tournament, while junior Ian Ellis (Northville, Mich./Oakland C.C.) finished with a three-round total of 242.
Barry won the tournament with a three-round team total of 857 (-7), followed by Nova Southeastern (862, -2), Western Washington (872, +8), CSU-Monterey Bay (883, +19) and Southwestern Oklahoma State (892, +28) to round out the top five. Chico State (894, +30), Missouri-St. Louis (897, +33) and Washburn (900, +36) finished just ahead of GVSU (902, +38), while CSU-Stanislaus (903, +39) capped the top 10.
The Lakers will be back on the links this weekend, taking part in the GLIAC Fall Invitational. GVSU will serve as the host for the tournament, which will take place at Hawkshead Golf Course in South Haven, Mich. on Sunday (Sept. 23) and Monday (Sept. 24).