ST. CLOUD, Minn. (St. Cloud CC) – Andrew Benson (Eden Prairie, Minn.) earned medalist honors and led the Bemidji State University men’s golf team to first place (291-301—592) Sept. 22-23 at the Husky Classic, hosted by St. Cloud State University at the St. Cloud Country Club.
The Beavers led the 2013 event from wire to wire. After posting a 291 (+3) to grab an eight-stroke lead on day one, the team battled tough wind conditions on day two to post a 301 (+13) and stretch its margin of victory to 14 shots with a 592 (+16). Concordia University, St. Paul finished in second place at 30-over-par (606).
“I am really proud of our team,” said Head Coach Ekren Miller. “They hung with it through the wind, played well and even put the pedal down on the second day. It’s a great time for us to get hot as a team because we have the conference championship next weekend.
“Andrew Benson had a great tournament.”
Benson, who entered day two tied for fourth place at one-over-par (73), was just one stroke off low-round pace with an even 72 on day two to rise to the top of the leaderboard. His 36-hole total of 145 (+1) gave him medalist honors with a one-shot cushion over the rest of the field.
His individual title marked the second consecutive season a member of the BSU men’s golf team has won the SCSU Husky Classic. In 2012, current teammate John Hafdal (Jr., Prior Lake, Minn.) carded a 144 (E) to win the classic. Hafdal carded a 148 (+4) this season to tie for sixth place.
In addition to Benson and Hafdal, BSU had two other players finish among the top 15 individuals. Freshman Josh Becks (Hermantown, Minn.) posted a six-over-par 150 (74-76) to finish tied for 11th, while day one leader A.J. Oster (Fr., Andover, Minn.) took 13th with a 151 (71-80).
The Beavers return to action next week as they participate in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Fall Championship. The event will begin Sept. 30 and wrap up Oct. 1 at The Classic at Madden’s in Brainerd, Minn. The two-day, 36-hole event serves as the first half of the unique, two-part league championship. The final 36 holes will be played in the spring of 2014. The 72 holes will then be combined to crown 2013-14 team and individual champions.
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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. BSU’s NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey programs are members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.