KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In its first tournament action in over a year, the Bemidji State University men’s golf team produced a top-10 finish at the Central Region Preview held at the Shoal Creek Golf Club in Kansas City, Mo.
The Beavers finished 10th of 26 teams with a team score of 625 (316-309) and were led by senior Tanner Sperling (82-74=156, +14) and freshman Koby Kuenzel (78-78=156, +14) who each tied for 37th individually.
Central Missouri University claimed the overall team title with a score of 591 (298-293) and finished seven strokes in front of second place, Missouri Western State University (305-293=598). Bemidji State finished second out of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference teams competing at the tournament and 14 strokes behinds the top NSIC team in University of Sioux Falls (309-302=611).
Junior Ben Corbid finished just three strokes behind Sperling and Kuenzel and tied for 56th individually after totaling 159 (78-81, +17) while redshirt senior Chris Swenson (78-83=161, +19) and senior Brandon Nelson (85-76=161, +19) each tied for 72nd individually to round out the Beavers’ top five.
Freshman Jack Southard recorded a score of 169 (89-80, +27) to tie for 115th after competing as an individual at the tournament.
Central Missouri’s Thomas Henson took the individual title after firing a one-over par 143 (72-71) and finished two strokes in front of second place, Tom Buffington of Missouri Western State.
Bemidji State will jump right back into tournament action and will travel to Waterloo, Iowa to compete at the Upper Iowa Invite at the Sunnyside Country Club this weekend, April 2-3.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooden region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, BSU 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).