ST. CLOUD, Minn. (St. Cloud Country Club) – Tied for sixth at one-under-par 71 to open the final round of the 2012 SCSU Husky Invitational, Bemidji State University sophomore John Hafdal (Prior Lake, Minn.) finished the event locked in a tie for first place with (144/E) after carding a one-over-par 73 Monday at the par-72, 6,766-yard St. Cloud Country Club.
The sophomore’s best performance of the season not only placed Hafdal among five players that tied for the top spot on the leader board, but also led the Bemidji State men’s golf team to a fourth-place finish in the 16-team event.
Tournament officials broke the tie for medalist honors based on the final-round performance of the participants tied for first. Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Ross Miller earned the individual title due to his two-under-par 70 on the final day of competition.
St. Cloud State led from wire-to-wire following a 288 (E) Sunday, the hosting Huskies posted a 302 (590/+14) to edge Minnesota State by three strokes (295-298—593/+17) to the team championship.
Bemidji State (297-302—599/+23) finished nine shots out of title contention in fourth behind SCSU, MSU and University of Manitoba (296-301—597/+21), which is not a member of the NCAA and does not figure into the official results in the eyes of the organizing body.
Other Bemidji State participants that figured into the team score were: Brett Musich (Fr., International Falls, Minn.), who carded a 72-75—147 (+3) to tie for sixth and Nathan Brown (So., Binbrook, Ontario) and Derek Riley (Fr., International Falls, Minn.) each posted back-to-back 77s to tie for 33rd (154/+10). In addition, Andrew Benson (So., Eden Prairie, Minn.), who was participating as an individual, fired 78-73—151 (+7) to tie for 19th.
Bemidji State now has a weekend free from competition as it prepares for the fall portion of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Championship. The 36-hole event set for The Classic at Madden's in Brainerd, Minn., serves as the first half of the 2012-13 championship. The final 36 holes of the cumulative event will be played April 20-21 at The Jewel in Lake City, Minn.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).