BRAINERD, Minn. (The Classic) -- The Bemidji State University men's golf team posted a 26-over-par 314 on the first day of the 2013-14 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Fall Men's Golf Championship Monday. The 18-hole round was played at The Classic at Madden's in Brainerd, Minn.
Freshman Aaron Leintz (Fr., Bagley, Minn.) turned in BSU's best score of the day, carding a four-over-par 76. He enters the final 18 holes of the fall championship tied four ninth place individually, three stokes out of medalist contention. Tyler Koivisto of St. Cloud State University and University of Minnesota Crookston’s Matt McClure share the lead after posting matching one-over-par 73s.
St. Cloud State University holds a nine-stoke lead over the field after firing a 296 (+8) Monday. Concordia University-St. Paul sits in second place at 17-over-par (305), while Minnesota State University, Mankato is third with a team total of 309 (+21).
The two-round fall event serves as the first half of a unique conference championship. Following 36 holes at The Classic, NSIC teams will take a six-month hiatus before deciding cumulative individual and team champions with 36 holes at The Jewel in Lake City, Minn. April 11-12.
The second round of the event will begin with a shotgun start tomorrow at 9 a.m.
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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.