BEMIDJI, Minn. - Although the Bemidji State University fall golf season is still weeks away, members of the Beaver men’s and women’s golf team are in full swing this week at the Bemidji Town and Country Club and its 82nd annual Birchmont Golf Tournament.
This week four current members of the BSU men’s golf team are participating in the event with three finishing the first day of competition in one of the top six places and all four finishing no more than five shots back of the leaders. BSU graduate Toby Palmiscno current paces the men’s division.
Neil Rude (So., White Bear Lake, Minn.) leads the BSU charge just after firing a one-under-par 71 and being one of just five of the 80 entrants in the men’s division to shoot under par during the first of two qualifying rounds Monday. He finds himself just two strokes off medallist position in a tie for fourth place. Rude is also just one stroke ahead of junior Clint Cornell (Grand Rapids, Minn.) who shot even par (72) during the first day of competition. Jeff Peltier (Sr., Grand Rapids, Minn.) sits in a tie for 10th at 73 (+1) while Al Zutz (Sr., Red Lake Falls, Minn.) who completed is eligibility for BSU in the spring of 2006 finished two-over-par on day one and finds himself knotted in a tie for 19th place.
A number of former BSU golfers will also be in action this week headlined by
Palmiscno who heads into the second qualifying round tied for first with a
three-under 69. Matt Gorden equaled Cornell at 72 while Kevin Krigbaum was
three-over after 18 holes (75). In action on the women’s side of things,
2004 graduate Dana Hasselberg of Staples, Minn. is included in the first
group of women to hit the course this morning.
The prestigious match-play tournament played on the home turf of the Beavers has lured over 225 of the region’s finest golfing talents to Bemidji, Minn, participating in six different categories. The event is all-inclusive offering brackets for men, executive men, senior men, super senior men, women and juniors.
The event continues today with qualifying rounds for senior men, ladies, super senior men and final qualifying rounds for the men’s and executive championships. Once the fields are narrowed to a maximum of 32 participants, match will play continue Wednesday and Thursday for all divisions.
In the match play, head-to-head format, each of the fields will be cut in half after each round with one of each pairing moving on to the next round while one will be eliminated.
Friday, while the remaining men’s and women’s championship participants rest, all other brackets continue with championship rounds for all division to be held Saturday.
Tuesday, July 25 tee times
Dana Hasselberg - 8-19 a.m.
Kevin Krigbaum - 12:18 p.m.
Al Zutz - 12:36 p.m.
Jeff Peltier - 12:54 p.m.
Matt Gorden - 1:03 p.m.
Clint Cornell - 1:12 p.m.
Neil Rude - 1:12 p.m.