Bemidji State tops Minnesota, Crookston in duel
Friday, April 20, 2012
Bemidji State tops Minnesota, Crookston in duel

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Bemidji Town and Country Club) -- On the strength of a two-under-par 70 by senior Danny Menton (Hutchinson, Minn.), the Bemidji State University men’s golf team posted a 17-stroke duel victory over University of Minnesota, Crookston Friday at the par-72, 6,535-yard Bemidji Town and County Club.

The Beavers carded four of the five lowest rounds of the day and finished with a four-player team total of 14-over-par (302) to win what is anticipated to be BSU final round of competition before an invitation to postseason play.  

Led by Jesse Roscoe, who recorded a three-over-par 76, the Golden Eagles came in with a 319 (+31).

Menton earned medallist honors sitting atop the leader board with the only score under par (70), while teammate and owner of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference’s (NSIC) lowest scoring average, Casey Hill (Sr., Virginia, Minn.) finished three strokes back in second place with 73 (+1).  In addition, John Hafdal (Fr., Prior Lake, Minn.) recorded a 79 (+7) and Matt Haugstad (Sr., East Grand Forks, Minn.) finished eight-over-par (80) to contribute to the Beavers’ team score.

Competing as individuals, freshmen Nathan Brown (Binbrook, Ontario) and Joe Selle (Plymouth, Minn.) and placed tied for third and fifth, respectively, posting 18-hole totals of 76 (+4) and 78 (+6).

With the victory, the Beavers cracked the top 10 in the NCAA Division II Central Regional rankings for the first time this season coming in at No. 9.

With the regular season in the books, the BSU men now await the NCAA selection committee to find their postseason fate.  The NCAA West/Central Super Regional will take place May 7-9 at The Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Ariz.