Bemidji State men’s golf sits sixth after two rounds of NSIC Championship
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Bemidji State men’s golf sits sixth after two rounds of NSIC Championship

HUDSON, Wis. -- The Bemidji State University men’s golf team wrapped up the fall portion of its schedule Sunday with the second round of the 2011-12 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Championship.  Led by Casey Hill (Sr., Virginia, Minn.), who is in fourth individually, the Beavers are sixth after 36 holes in the 12-team event.  

In a championship unique to the sport and the seasons it occupies, participating teams logged 36 holes at the par-71, 6,774-yard Troy Burne Golf Course in Hudson, Wis. this weekend and will complete the 72-hole championship with two rounds played April 14-15 at the Jewel Golf Club in Lake City, Minn.  

Fourth after day one, the Beavers got better as the tournament moved along.  The team trimmed five stokes from its day one score of 316 (+32) on day two (311 (+28)), but were unable to make any headway in the standings.  The team’s total of 316-311--627 (+59) leaves it 22 stokes off the pace set by St. Cloud State University (307-298--505 (+37), but with a tight race at the top of the leaderboard, BSU is just 14 shots out of second place heading into the spring portion of the event.

St. Cloud State’s Billy Barnhart (76-70--146 (+4)) leads the field, edging teammate Charlie West (76-71--147 (+5)) by one stroke.

Hill currently sits three stokes back in a three-way tie for fourth place after carding a 36-hole total of 79-70--149 (+7).

In addition to Hill, BSU’s Matthew Haugstad (Sr., East Grand Forks, Minn.) is tied for 21st (76-82--158 (+16)) after firing the Beavers’ low score in the opening round (76 (+5)), Danny Menton (Sr., Hutchinson, Minn.) turned in a 77-82--159 (+17) to finish one shot back in a tie for 24th and freshman Andrew Benson (Fr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) and John Hafdal (Fr., Prior Lake, Minn.) rounded out the team in 37th (84-79--163 (+21)) and tied for 38 (84-80--164 (+22), respectively.

Sunday’s round marked the end of the Beavers’ fall season.  The next scheduled event is set for March 30-April 1 when the team travels to Wayne, Neb. to compete in the Wayne State Invitational.