HUDSON, Wis. (Troy Burne Golf Club) -- Junior Justin Johnson (Roseau, Minn.) turned in an eight-over-par 79 Saturday to lead the Bemidji State University men’s golf team in the first round of the 2010-11 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Championship at the 6,774-yard, par-71 Troy Burne Golf Club in Hudson, Wis.
Johnson’s 79 (+8) was the Beavers’ low round and locked the junior in a tie with six others for 18th individually. Wayne State College (Neb.) Adam Fields carded a two-under-par 69 to complete the first day of competition in first place with a four shot lead over the rest of the field.
Posting a team total of 324 (+40) to sit alone in ninth place after the first round of the fall portion of the event, the BSU quintet is 22 strokes off the pace set by St. Cloud State University, 302 (+18), but remains just four strokes out of fifth place.
In addition to Johnson, BSU’s Jordan Priem (So., Long Prairie, Minn.) recorded an 81 (+10) to tie for 27 place, while Chris Curb (So., Bemidji, Minn.) and Danny Menton (Jr., Hutchinson, Minn.) find themselves tied for 33rd after posting 82 (+11) during the first 18 holes. Senior captain Jim Foss (Roseau, Minn.) rounds out the team in 44th place with 85 (+14).
Tee times for round two of the NSIC Championship will begin at 8:45 p.m. Sunday. The unique conference tournament is comprised of five 18-hole rounds spread over six months. After the first two rounds are completed at Troy Burne Golf Course in Hudson, Wis. this week, the final three rounds of the 90-hole championship are scheduled for April 8-10, 2011 at The Jewel Golf Course in Lake City, Minn.