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Ferris State caps GLIAC-winning season: 2 Bulldog golfers are All-Americans

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -- Ferris State has added more honors to its distinctive history of golf accomplishments.

Two of its golfers have been named to the Division II PING All-America Team. Caleb Bond and Nathan Kraynyk led the Bulldogs to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) championship and a national championship appearance.

Kraynyk finished as the national runner-up, tying for second place overall on the individual leaderboard.

Here are complete details from the FSU news release:

Bond, a sophomore from Williamston, claimed Division II PING All-America Third Team recognition while junior Kraynyk, from Manitoba, Canada, was an honorable mention All-America selection.

The awards were determined and announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Nine golfers were named to the first team with eight others on both the second and third teams along with 24 honorable mention recipients.

The Bulldog duo represented two of the three golfers from a GLIAC member institution named to one of the All-America listings.

Earlier this year, Bond earned All-GLIAC First Team recognition and was also named to the 2024 NCAA Division II PING All-Midwest Region Team. Kraynyk was an all-conference second team choice prior to a strong postseason finish.

Ferris State wrapped up action in late May at the 2024 NCAA Division II National Championships under head coach Sam Stark with a ninth-place overall team finish in Winter Garden, Fla.

Kraynyk finished as the national runner-up, tying for second place overall on the individual leaderboard with a 206 tournament figure at the national championships. He carded a 67 in the final round after shooting a 70 in round one and a 69 in round two. Bond tied for 37th on the leaderboard at the championships with a 216 tournament total.

The Bulldogs earned their trip to the national championships after coming away with a fifth-place team finish at the NCAA D2 Midwest/Central Super Regional Championships that wrapped up on May 11 in Edmond, Okla.

This year's national championships berth represented Ferris State’s 17th all-time in program history and first since 2019.

Ferris State's ninth-place team finish was the program's best since 2017 when the Bulldogs earned runner-up honors in the 2017 NCAA-II Midwest/Central Super Regional in Kearney, Neb., before going on to a national quarterfinal finish.

This year also marked the 19th time in the past 21 years in which the Bulldogs had representation in the NCAA Tournament when it has been held. The stretch of NCAA Championship representation in men's golf ranks as one of the best stretches in the country.

Ferris State also captured its 22nd all-time GLIAC Championship by beating rival Grand Valley State in the league finale on April 14 in Augusta, Mich.



Caleb Bond is really teed off ... and has the hardware to prove it. Photo: Source: Ferris State Athletics.

Nathan Kraynyk finished as the national runner-up. Photo: Source: Ferris State Athletics.

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