Bemidji State 13th at Super Regional; Menton 12th
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Bemidji State 13th at Super Regional; Menton 12th

LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. (Wigwam Resort Gold Course) -- Led by senior Danny Menton (Hutchinson, Minn.), the Bemidji State University men’s golf team battled wind and a brief lightening delay Wednesday and capped its appearance in the 2012 NCAA Division II Central/West Super Regional finishing 13th at 46-over-par (299-298-313--910). Menton tied for 12th individually finishing the event as one of five players at two-over-par (218).

The 54-hole, three day event was played at the par-72, 7,132-yard Gold Course at Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Ariz.

Finishing 13th in the super regional, Bemidji State led all Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) member teams and recorded its best performances since the NCAA moved to the current 20-team format in 2008.

At 46-over-par, the Beavers finished 45 strokes off the pace set by California State University, Stanislaus, which overtook California State University, Chico (273-294-302--869/+5) on the final day to earn the 2012 Central/West Super Regional championship. CSU-Stanislaus finished the tournament at one-over-par (283-294-288--865).

Colorado School of Mines golfer Jim Knous finished the event atop the leader board at -7 (66-70-73--209).

The top five participating teams and the lowest-scoring individuals not on an advancing team earn a berth into the 2012 Division II Spring Championships Festival, May 15-19 at The Cardinal Club in Simpsonville, Ky. CSU-Stanislaus and Chico State along with Colorado School of Mines (283-288-300--871/+7), Western Washington University (291-288-297--876/+12) and Grand Canyon University (285-288-304--877/+13) each punched their tickets to the national championship.  Individually, California State University-Monterey Bay’s Alex Sobstad (70-69-73--212/-4) and Kyle Chappell, of Dixie State College (74-72-71--217/+1), will represent the regional in Simpsonville, Ky.

Menton, who finished the event at +2, missed advancing to the NCAA Championship by just one stoke.  

In addition to Menton, BSU’s Casey Hill (Sr., Virginia, Minn.) turned in an 82 (+10) on day three for a 54-hole total of 73-73-82--228 (+12) to finish tied for 53rd, John Hafdal (Fr., Prior Lake, Minn.) posted a four-over par 76 to tie or 77th with 78-79-76--233 (+17), Andrew Benson (Fr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) carded an 83 (+11) on the final day of competition to earn a share of 92nd place (77-77-83--237/+21) and Matt Haugstad (Sr., East Grand Forks, Minn.) rounded out the team, one stroke behind, tied for 94th (82-77-79--238/+22).  

The completion of the super regional brings to a close the Beavers’ 2011-12 season.  Under the direction of second-year head coach Ekren Miller, the Beavers not only earned the right to participate in the NCAA tournament, they posted the best team scoring average in the NSIC, won the BSU Invitational team title, the NSIC Preview Championship and earned a duel victory over University of Minnesota, Crookston.

The team will break for summer and return to action in early September.