BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University women’s golf coach Mark Baagason has announced the additions of Mary Elmquist (Elk River, Minn.) and Briana Jenniges (Wabasso, Minn.) to the BSU golf program for the 2013-14 season. Both future BSU golfers signed National Letters of Intent during the NCAA’s regular signing period beginning April 17.
Elmquist is currently a senior at Elk River High School, where she is a seven-time letter winner as a member of the girl’s Nordic ski and golf teams. A captain of the Elks’ golf team, she is an All-Northwest Suburban pick and was named her team’s most improved player. In 2012, she shot a career-best 78 (+6) to lead Elk River to a section championship and a Minnesota State High School League Tournament berth. The Elks would go on to finish sixth. A two-time Nordic ski captain, Elmquist garnered all-conference honors on two occasions and earned her team’s most improved and sportsmanship awards. Elmquist has also excelled in the classroom. She is a member of the National Honor Society and is a regular on the honor roll, while she has been selected Student of the Month and was awarded Outstanding Performance.
A three-time All-Tomahawk Conference pick, Jenniges will join the BSU golf team after a successful prep career at Wabasso High School. A six-time letter winner for the Rabbits’ girl’s golf team, she has been a part of a record-breaking prep squad. In addition to tying the school’s individual scoring record and a team scoring record last spring, Jenniges led the Rabbits to their first appearance in the sectional tournament. Jenniges is also a member of the National Honor Society, the Wabasso High School Honor Roll and is a two-time golf all-academic selection.
All signees are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
Under the direction of head coach Mark Bagaason, the BSU women’s golf team completed the 2012-13 season finishing ninth at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Championships. The Beavers, who won the BSU invitational and took second in the Huskies Triangular, feature a roster comprised of two juniors, a sophomore and five freshmen. Last season, Monica Wold (Fr., Crookston, Minn.) led the team with a scoring average of 84.9.
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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).