May 16, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State men's golf junior Dan Ellis prepares for his first NCAA experience this week, as he travels to Ann Arbor for the NCAA Central Regional. Play at the University of Michigan Golf Course begins for Ellis on Thursday at 9:40 a.m. ET.
The regional will feature 18 holes on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. After the 54 holes, the top five teams, and the top individual not on those teams will advance to the NCAA Championship being held at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. on May 29-June 3.
Ellis leads Michigan State with a 72.9 stroke average this season, which would currently rank sixth on the Spartan single-season list. It has been a breakout season for Ellis, whose previous season low was 75.4 last year. Ellis' career scoring average of 74.7 is seventh on the MSU career list.
The Negaunee, Mich. native, led the Spartans in eight of the 11 stroke play events this season, posting top-20 showings in seven of those events and top-5 in four. He tied for fifth at Big Ten Championship, earning all-championship honors in the process. Ellis' best finish came at the season-opening Fossum Invitational where he tied for third.
Ellis had success at the University of Michigan Golf Course earlier this season, tying for fifth at the Wolverine Invitational (Sept. 12-13). He shot a 2-under par 211, including a career low 66 in the second round.
Ellis is just the third Spartan to qualify for an NCAA Regional as an individual, joining Jack Newman in 2010 and Ryan Brehm in 2006. As a team, the Spartans have qualified for the Regionals nine times (1992, 1993, 1994, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009).