DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (WIldflower Golf Course) – Mary Elmquist (So., Elk River, Minn.) was among a group of eight players tied for 12th place individually, carding a 10-over-par 82 to open the 2014-15 season Friday at the Cobber Open. The Bemidji State University women’s golf team placed eighth in the event.
Elmquist finished the 18-hole event nine strokes off the pace set by individual medalist Hailey Boner of North Dakota State University, who fired a one-over-par 73 at the 5,824-yard Wildflower Golf Course to claim a one-shot edge over the rest of the field. Six of the seven lowest rounds of the day were carded by NCAA Division I competitors, leaving Elmquist second among Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference players.
As a team, the Beavers posted a total of 358 (+70) to place eighth in the 10-team event. BSU was 52 shots behind NDSU, which turned in a 306 (+18) to run away with the team title. University of North Dakota finished second at 28-over-par (316) and the College of St. Benedict was third at 326 (+28).
Other players competing for BSU in the season-opening event were: Monica Wold (Jr., Crookston, Minn.); Paige Tompkins (Jr., Milnor, N.D.); newcomer Katy Woelfel (Fr., Brooklyn Park, Minn.) and captain Kelly Blair (Jr., International Falls, Minn.).
The Cobber Invite served as the first of five events during the fall portion of the BSU women’s golf team’s 2014-15 season. The Beavers continue play Sept. 13-14 when they travel to Tartan Park Golf Course in Lake Elmo, Minn. to compete in the 36-hole Concordia University-St. Paul Holiday Inn Invitational.
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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 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).