BSU sits in sixth after 36 holes of NSIC Championship
Monday, October 9, 2006
BECKER, Minn. --  Thirty-six holes into the 72-hole 2006-07 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships at Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker, Minn., the Bemidji State University women's golf team finds itself in sixth place. The team is led by Jenna Schurman (So., Sauk Centre, Minn.) who shot her way into a tie for 15th place during the first two rounds of competition.

Schurman went into the clubhouse Saturday 10 strokes off the lead, tied with three other participants for tenth place with an 86 (+14). Sunday the sophomore slid back to 15th dropping four strokes to finish with 90 for a 36-hole total of 86-90=176. Teammates Kelsey Kaufman (Fr., Eau Claire, Wis.) and Jenny Wenlund (Jr., Elk River, Minn.) also collected 90s on Sunday finishing tied for 25th (92-90=182) and 34th (98-90=188) respectively. Rounding out the Beavers' first team effort of the fall campaign was Kayla Braaten who finished the first half of the event in 51st place after carding 113-102=215 in her first collegiate event.

Winona State University currently holds a two-stoke lead for the top spot at the mid-way point of the event carding a team total of 342-315=657 to edge out NSIC newcomer Upper Iowa University (336-323=659). Southwest Minnesota State University sits in third place (328-341=669), Concordia University-St. Paul is in fourth (340-331=671) while Minnesota State University, Moorhead has a nine-shot lead over BSU (389-372=761) for fifth place.

The Beavers own the slimmest lead over Wayne State College (398-364=762) for sixth place. University of Mary (N.D.) finished eighth (382-388=770) while Northern State University rounded out the field of competition in ninth (406-380=786).

Winona State's Morgan Proshek leads all participants with a nine-over-par 79-74=153. Erin Oakland, of Southwest Minnesota State, sits two strokes back (76-79=155) while WSU's Nikki Wilson is in third after firing a 79-77=156.

The final 36 holes of the unique tournament will be concluded during the spring season with the team champion earning an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. The top eight individual participants will garner All-NSIC honors.

The event marks the conclusion of the 2006 fall women's golf season at BSU. The team will rev things back up in March.

Team Standings (first two rounds)
1. Winona State 342-315=657
2. Upper Iowa 336-323=659
3. Southwest Minnesota State 328-341=669
4. Concordia-St. Paul 340-331=671
5. Minnesota State Moorhead 375-377=752
6. Bemidji State 389-372=761
7. Wayne State 398-364=762
8. Mary (N.D.) 382-388=770
9. Northern State 406-380=786