Beaver golfers open spring play in South Dakota
Wednesday, March 28, 2007

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- After nearly six months on the shelf, the Bemidji State University women's and men's golf teams will retrieve their clubs from storage and wipe off the dust this weekend as they travel to South Dakota to open the spring portion of their 2006-07 schedules. Both teams are slated to make a pair of stops this weekend with the Augustana Invitational in Sioux Falls, S.D. on Friday and the University of South Dakota Invitational in Vermillion, S.D. on tap for Sunday.

Although both teams will travel to Sioux Falls, S.D. Thursday for a practice round and the two-day (Mar. 30-31) Augustana Invitational, the men's team will be a part of a 17-team field at Willow Run Golf Course while the women will be across town at Prairie Green Golf Course. Women's play will begin at noon Friday and 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The men tee off at 11 a.m. each day.

April 1-2, the BSU squads hit The Bluffs Golf Course for the USD Invitational. The women hit the course at just after 10 a.m. with the men beginning play at 1:20 p.m.

The BSU men tee it up this spring with hopes of qualifying for their third consecutive invite to the NCAA Division II Central/Great Lakes Super Regional. The team is coming off a fall campaign in which it finished second at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships and had Neil Rude (Jr., White Bear Lake, Minn.) and Michael Abrahamson (So., Duluth, Minn.) earn all-conference accolades.

On the women's side, the Beavers will field a complete five-player team this weekend for the first time since the spring of 2003. BSU entered a four-player team consisting of Jenna Schurman (So., Sauk Centre, Minn.), Kelsey Kaufman (Fr., Eau Claire, Wis.), Jenny Wenlund (Jr., Elk River, Minn.) and Kayla Braaten (Fr., Mayville, N.D.) to cap the 2006 fall slate with a sixth place finish at the NSIC Championships but with its roster expanded to six this spring, will have the opportunity put a full squad on the course.

Three-time NSIC Coach of the Year Don Niskanen is in his 11th year at the helm of the BSU men's program while Karen Siira is in her second year as the women's head coach.