Bemidji State is tied for fourth after first round of Twin Cities Classic
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Bemidji State is tied for fourth after first round of Twin Cities Classic
ELK RIVER, Minn. (Elk River Country Club) -- Junior Justin Johnson (Roseau, Minn.) fired a four-under-par 68 Saturday to pace the Bemidji State University men’s golf team on the first day of the 2010 Twin Cities Classic.  The Beavers finished the first round of the 54-hole event tied for fourth place with 297 (+9).

Johnson’s 68 (-4) at the par-72, 6,560-yard Elk River Country Club was good to match him with Pat Dietz of Concordia College (Minn.) and Justin Linvingston of Central College (Iowa) for second place individually.  The trio is one stroke off the pace set by Anthony Burdi of Carthage College (Wis.), who posted a five-under (67) to hold an edge for medallist honors after 18 holes.

Carthage College also holds the lead for the team championship.  The Red Men carded a team total of 289 (+1) to sit atop the leader board.  Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) foe St. Cloud State University sits just one shot back in second place with 290 +(2), while Illinois Wesleyan College holds down third place, just one stroke ahead of the Beavers, with 298 (+8).

In addition to Johnson, BSU’s Danny Menton (Jr., Hutchinson, Minn.) is locked in a tie for ninth place at one-over-par, 73, Garrett Nelson (Jr., Baudette, Minn.) turned in a 74 (+2) to tie for 15th, while Matthew Haugstad (Jr., East Grand Forks, Minn.) and Kevin Larson (Fr., Bemidji, Minn.), in his first collegiate competition, are tied for 88th at 82 (+10).

Bemidji State and the rest of the Twin Cities Classic field will be back in action tomorrow, when they tackle the Links at Norfolk in Ramsey, Minn.  The final round is set for Monday at the Wayzata Country Club.