CANNON FALLS, Minn. - Bemidji State University sophomore Casey Hill (Virginia, Minn.) posted medallist honors for the first time of the season, while leading the BSU men’s golf team to its third team title in four events Sept. 26-27 at the St. Olaf Fall Invitational.
Hill fought through the gusty elements to card rounds of 72 (E) and 73 (+1) and finish one-over-par at 145, claiming the top individual honor by three strokes. The sophomore’s 72 on day one put him atop the leader board and despite a hard-charging 71 (-1) by second place finisher Andy Stahlman of St. John’s University (Minn.) on day two, Hill clung to the lead with a 73 on the challenging par 72, 7,022-yard Summit Golf Club in Cannon Falls, Minn.
In addition to Hill, the Beavers also had Chris Curb (Fr., Bemidji, Minn) and Jesse Nelson (Jr., Pine River, Minn.) finish among the top 10 participants. Curb posted a 36-hole score of 75-76=151 (+7) to tie for seventh place, while Nelson’s 75-79=154 (+10) was good for ninth.
The Beavers completed the first day of competition nestled in second place between Bethel University (297, +9) and Concordia College (305, +17) with a 300 (+12). On day two, Bethel slid off the lead with a team total of 312 (+24) and the Beavers rose to the occasion posting a 304 (+16) to wrap up the event with a 604 (+28) and the Cobbers (607, +31) by three strokes.
The Beavers now turn their attention to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Fall Championship held Oct. 3-5 at Emerald Greens Golf Course in Hastings, Minn. After one of its most successful fall seasons in recent memory, BSU head coach Don Niskanen and the Beavers look to take one step toward its first conference championship since they won four consecutively from 1997-2000.
The fall championship is the first of a two-stage conference championship. The unique 72-hole championship is played as a combination of two 36-hole events. The first half of the championship will be played next weekend in Hastings, Minn. with the final two rounds completed at the Jewel Golf Course in Lake City, Minn. April 9-11, 2010.