KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Bemidji State University men’s golf team capped the 2012-13 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Championship and its spring season April 13-14 at the The Outlaw Course at Paradise Point Golf Complex in Kansas City, Mo.
The Beavers who opened the final 36 holes of the event 30 strokes out of first place in seventh (328-326—654 (+78)) after the two rounds Oct. 8-9 at The Classic at Madden's in Brainerd, Minn., carded rounds of 308 Saturday and 330 today to finish the event in eighth place at +140 (1,292).
After a round of 308 on Saturday helped the Beavers slide into sixth place, windy conditions on the par-72, 6,907-yard Outlaw Course Sunday contributed a 330 that caused the squad to slip back into eighth place, 56 stokes off the lead set by team champion St. Cloud State University. The Huskies opened the spring potion of the event with an advantage in the chase for the team title (307-317) and fired rounds of 299 and 313 to complete the 72-hole event with 1,236 (+84) for a 32-shot lead over four-time defending champion Minnesota State University, Mankato (328-323-302-315—1,268 (+116)) and the rest the field. The team championship marked the Huskies’ first NSIC title since 1975.
Kowan O’Keefe of Minot State University earned medalist honors at +16 (78-77-77-72—304), finishing with a low-round 72 (E) Sunday to close out the event with a three-stroke lead. SCSU’s Tyler Koivisto claimed second place individually at +19 (79-76-77-75—307).
Bemidji State was led by sophomore John Hafdal (Prior Lake, Minn.), who posted rounds of 79, 81, 78 and 81 to finish with 319 (+31) and sit in a tie for 15th place individually, 15-shots out of the top spot on the leader board. Andrew Benson (So., Eden Prairie, Minn.) and Brett Musich (Fr., International Falls, Minn.) were six strokes back at +37, tied for 26th (325) and sophomore Nathan Brown (Binbrook, Ontario) rounded out BSU’s team score in 30th place with a +40 (328).
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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).