Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's golf squad opened up the 2015-16 campaign with a fourth-place overall finish at the Northern Michigan Invitational on Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 12-13) in Marquette, Mich.
The event was played on the par-71 course at Greywalls.
Ferris State held the first-day lead with a 304 team score after the first 18 holes of action, but shot 314 in round two to finish at 618 overall. FSU was six shots off the lead as host NMU carded a 612 figure to win the event, which included a 305 team score in Sunday's round.
Grand Valley State took second (614) and Lake Superior State third (615) with Wayne State right behind the Bulldogs in fifth place (619) as only seven strokes seperated the top five teams in the six-team field. Saginaw Valley State finished out the leaderboard with a 644 score.
The Bulldogs' Jack Weller and Seth Terpstra both tied for sixth overall with identical scores of 152 for the 36 holes of action. Weller shot a one-under 71 in round one followed by an 81 in the second round while Terpstra carded scores of 73 and 79 in rounds one and two, respectively.
FSU's Ryan Bayer placed 14th at 156 on rounds of 81 and 75 with Andrew Hammett coming in tied for 18th place at 158. He shot back-to-back rounds of 79 in the tournament.
Cody Simons tied for 22nd overall with a 160 score after shooting 76 and 84 in the two rounds. Finally, freshman Brad Walling placed tied for 41st with a 180 score produced by rounds of 91 and 89 Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Next up for the Bulldogs is the GLIAC North Fall Invitational set for Sept. 20-21 in South Haven, Mich.