Bemidji State men jump to second in NSIC Golf Championships
Friday, April 9, 2010
Bemidji State men jump to second in NSIC Golf Championships
Lake City, Minn. (The Jewel Golf Club) -- On the strength of a pair of two-under, 69s, the Bemidji State University men’s golf team officially opened the spring season carding a team-low 284 (E) Friday in the third round of the 2009-10 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Championships to jump into second place with 36 holes to go. The third round took place at the par-71, 6,539-yard Jewel Golf Club in Lake City, Minn.

Chris Curb (Fr., Bemidji, Minn.) and Jim Foss (Jr., Roseau, Minn.) carded matching 69s (-2) to lead a BSU team that posted the low score of the round, to leapfrog St. Cloud State University and shave two strokes off Minnesota State University, Mankato’s lead.

Minnesota State, which jumped out to a lead early in the tournament continued to roll towards a championship posting a 287 (+2) today for a three-round total of 878 (291-300-287).  The Beavers, now in second place, sit 20 shots off the lead in second place with 898 (309-305-284) followed by St. Cloud State (300-311-289--900) with Winona State University rounding out the top four at 914 (312-309-293).

Bryant Black of Minnesota State leads the tournament after 36 holes.  He fired a three-under, 68 today for a total of 72-77-68--217 (+2) to hold a one-stroke lead over teammate Kyle Bahe (72-72-74--218 (+3) and BSU’s Curb (73-76-69--218 (+3) who are tied for second place.  The BSU freshman turned in a 69 (-2) in round three to slide up from fifth place as one of just five players to finish under par for the day.  Teammate Foss, who also shot a 69, remains 13 shots back in 19th place (85-77-69--231 (+16), while Jesse Nelson (Jr., Pine River, Minn.) clings to seventh place individually after a 72 (+1) for a 36-hole total of 77-74-72--223 (+8).

The unique conference tournament is comprised of five 18-hole rounds spread over six months.  The first two rounds of the championships took place Oct. 4-5, 2009 at Hastings Country Club in Hastings, Minn.  The event continues tomorrow with the 90-hole championship concluding Sunday and will determine the 2009-10 NSIC team champion.