KYLE MASON NAMED MENíS GOLF MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Derek Shelburne Receives Team's Bulldog Award
Junior Kyle Mason (Mt. Pleasant) has been selected as the Ferris State University men's golf team's Most Valuable Player for the 2005-06 season in an announcement made by seventh-year FSU head coach Brad Bedortha.
Derek Shelburne (Scotts/Vicksburg) also earned a team honor as the sophomore was named this season's recipient of the Bulldog Award, which is bestowed to a FSU men's golf team student-athlete who displays the most dedication and hard work throughout an entire season.
Mason, who recently earned 2005-06 All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) First-Team plaudits, enjoyed his best season at Ferris State in 2005-06 with a career-best and team-leading 75.14 strokes per round average (2,104 total strokes) in 28 rounds. He generated seven top-20 individual placings and paced the Bulldogs with four top-five outings. Mason, who paced Ferris in four tournaments this season, tallied a personal season-high second-place tying performances at both the Ferris State Bulldog Invitational (Sept. 17-18) and GLIAC Championships (Oct. 10-11). He carded a two-round 142 score at the Ferris State Bulldog Invite in Big Rapids, Mich., and turned in a fall season-finale 219-stroke total at the three-round league tournament in North East, Pa. Mason attained All-GLIAC Honorable Mention kudos in 2004-05 and was a co-recipient of the team's Bulldog Award for the 2003-04 campaign. In his three-year Ferris career to date, Mason has averaged 76.09 strokes per round (5,859 total strokes) in 77 rounds. He has accumulated 18 career top-20 placings of which five have been among the top-five individual finishers.
Shelburne finished second among the squad's top golfers with a career-best 75.27 strokes per round average (1.957 total strokes) in 26 rounds. He recorded a team-leading eight top-20 finishes, which included a pair of top-five placings. Shelburne claimed top team honors in five of Ferris' 13 2005-06 season tournaments, including the campaign's final three tourneys. He achieved top individual medalist honors at the Ashland (Ohio) Invitational (April 9-10) with a first-place 145 score in the 36-hole event. Shelburne's 16th-place tying 225-stroke total at the 2006 NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional (May 1-3) in Lockport, Ill., represented FSU's highest individual placing in the postseason tournament. Shelburne is presently averaging 76.47 strokes (2,906 total strokes) in 38 career rounds and has placed in the top-20 12 times during his two-year career, including six among the top 10.
Ferris State made its fourth consecutive NCAA-II Great Lakes Regional appearance this spring and the Bulldogs concluded the 2005-06 season with a seventh-place 902 team score at the postseason tournament. FSU garnered second place at the GLIAC Championships (Oct. 10-11) with a three-round 903-stroke total.