Beavers rally; Climb to third at NSIC Championship
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Beavers rally; Climb to third at NSIC Championship

LAKE CITY, Minn. (The Jewel Golf Club) -- Led by a third place finish by senior Casey Hill (Virginia, Minn.) the Bemidji State University men's golf team rallied in the final two rounds of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Championship to climb from 22 strokes back to come within 10 strokes of title contention and finish third Saturday and Sunday at The Jewel Golf Club in Lake City, Minn.

Entering the final 36 holes of the event, Bemidji State sat sixth at (+59), but buoyed by the low round of the 2011-12 tournament Sunday (292) at +4, the Beavers reeled the leaders to within 10 strokes on the final day of competition. The Beavers finished the unique 72-hole tournament in third place at +80 with 1,216 (316-311-297-292).

Minnesota State University, Mankato took its fourth consecutive team title tracking down St. Cloud State University, the leader through each of the first three rounds, on the final day of competition. MSU, which totaled 1,206 (+70) (319-294-293-300) edged SCSU (+73) (307-298-300-304) by three strokes for the championship.

St. Cloud State's Charlie West took medallist honors after defeating Upper Iowa University's Jon Anderson in the third playoff hole for the individual title. The duo finished the four-round event at three-over-par.

Hill led Bemidji State carding a total of 296 (79-70-73-74) to finish nine shots off the pace for third individually at 12-over-par. The senior garnered All-NSIC accolades for his performance.

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