SMITHVILLE, Mo. -- Bemidji State University sophomore Ben Skaar has been selected to receive the 2017 NSIC Elite 18 Award for men's golf. Skaar became the first BSU student-athlete to receive the honor when he was presented the award during the NSIC Men's Golf Championship awards ceremony, April 13-15 at Paradise Point Golf Course in Smithville, Mo.
Skaar, who is majoring in sports management, holds a 4.00 grade point average. The Coleraine, Minn., holds an 81.8 stroke average in 11 rounds this season. He achieved his low round of 76 during the NSIC Spring Preview March 25 and again in the final round of the NSIC Championship, Saturday. Skaar finished 33rd at the NSIC Championship and helped the Beavers to a sixth place team finish.
As part of the NSIC 25th Anniversary celebration, the NSIC Elite 18 Award was instituted to recognize the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the NSIC Championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The NSIC Elite 18 award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NSIC's 18 Championships.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).
(Portions of release courtesy of NSIC.com)