HUDSON, Wis. (Troy Burne Golf Course) -- Casey Hill (Sr., Virginia, Minn.) fired a one-under-par 70 to lead the Bemidji State University men’s golf team to a first-place finish at the 2011 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Fall Preview Monday at Troy Burne Golf Course in Hudson, Wis. Hill finished the event with a 78-70--148 (+6) to tie for third place individually.
"This is a big win for us," commented Head Coach Ekren Miller. "I am so proud of these guys, especially the freshmen who carried us the first day. And when the winds kicked up the second day, everyone had to grind it out. It was easy to make a big number on Troy Burne. (Casey) Hill made four birdies in a row and our team score was lower than the first day.
"Beaver golf at its finest."
Tied for the lead after 18 holes, the Beavers used a breakout performance by Hill to pull away from the field and take a five-stoke win over Minnesota State University, Mankato (306-305--611 (+43) into the clubhouse at the conclusion of the event. BSU finished the 36-hole tournament with a 304-302--606 (+38), carding the low team score on each day of the event.
In addition to Hill’s performance, BSU got solid contributions from newcomer John Hafdal (Fr., Prior Lake, Minn.), who was just one stoke back in fifth overall (75-74--149 (+7)), Matt Haugstad (Sr., East Grand Forks, Minn.), who finished tied for 13th (76-79--15 (+13)), while Andrew Benson (Fr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) rounded out the team score with a 75-81--156 (+14) to take 19th. Danny Menton (Sr., Hutchinson, Minn.) also competed in the event carding a 36-hole total of 78-79--157 (+15) to garner a share of 24th place.
The University of Minnesota, Crookston’s Matt McClure led from wire to wire, turning in a 73 (+2) on the final day of competition to hold off the field and finish the event at two over par (71-73--144 (+2)).
The Beavers are back on the road next weekend traveling to St. Cloud, Minn. to compete in the St. Cloud State Invitational. Saturday’s opening round is set for 11 a.m. at the St. Cloud Country Club, while the final 18 will take place at the Territories Golf Club beginning with an 9:30 a.m. shotgun start.