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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University football program continues to build momentum for the 2013 campaign and year two under head coach Tony Annese as evidenced by another strong turnout recently for the 30th annual Bulldog Football Golf Outing, which was held at Falcon Head Golf Club on June 1.
The big turnout, which came on the heels of a record turnout in 2012, included a large number of former players and alumni for the annual fundraising event. The four-person shotgun golf scramble, which is hosted by the FSU Gridiron Club in conjunction with the Bulldog Athletic Association (BAA), serves as one of the Ferris State football program's primary fundraising events.
Those taking part in this year's event not only had an opportunity to play the 18-hole round, but were also treated to dinner after the event along with a banquet that featured raffles and silent auction prizes. A pre-event gathering took place on Friday night at the alumni-owned Buffalo Wild Wings location in Big Rapids.
Bulldog football head coach Tony Annese and his staff were on hand throughout the event and he gave another insipired and motivational speech during the banquet encouraging former players and alumni on hand to help get others involved.
"It was a great day for the 30th annual event and exciting to again see so many former players back in Big Rapids," said Annese. "The alumni and supporters involved are a big part of the Ferris State football family and we thank them, along with our sponsors and the course, for all the support."
In his first season at the Bulldog helm last fall, Annese guided Ferris State to a 7-4 overall mark and FSU ranked among the nation's top teams in both rushing offense and total offense.
In 2012, the Bulldogs recorded several impressive wins under Annese's direction, including beating archrival Grand Valley State in the Anchor-Bone Classic for the first time since 1999, snapping a 10-year losing streak to Michigan Tech and topping defending national runner-up Wayne State for the first time in five years. FSU also managed to win seven games for only the second time in the past decade despite facing one of the nation's two toughest schedules in Division II football during the regular-season, according to the Massey Ratings.
Besides putting together an impressive debut season with the Bulldogs, Annese and his staff also recently inked what many consider to be one of the nation's top incoming recruiting classes in Division II football.
The Bulldogs will kick off the 2013 campaign and their quest for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) championship in September.
Below are winners from this year's golf outing:
Player's Cup - Bill Scheible, Steve Duchon, John Baylis, Mark Sarver
1st Open - Thompson, Thompson, Heneveld, Heneveld
1st Mixed - Bill Love Sr., Bill Love Jr., V.Love, V.Miller