LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. -- With 36 holes in the books, the Bemidji State men's golf team sits ninth among the 2012 NCAA Division II Central/West Super Regional field at 21-over-par (299-298--597). The Beavers trimmed one stroke from their day one total (299) and carded a 298 (+10) Tuesday at the par-72, 7,132-yard Gold Course at Wigwam Resort.
Sparked by an eagle on the first hole of the day, Danny Menton fired his second consecutive one-under-par 71 to lead BSU and sit tied for ninth individually at -2 (71-71142).
With just 18 holes remaining, the Beavers trail event leader California State University, Chico (273-294--567) by 30 strokes. Chico State owns a three-shot lead over Colorado School of Mines, which each sits at five-under-par (283-288--571), with Grand Canyon University two strokes behind at three-under-par (285-287--573).
Jim Knous of Colorado School of Mines, fired a blistering 70 (-2) Tuesday to grab a one-stroke edge over the field, owning the top spot on the leader board at -8 (66-70--136) for the tournament.
The event wraps up with a final 18-hole round today.
The top five teams and two individuals not participating with a team at the super regional will advance to the 2012 Division II Spring Championships Festival May 15-19 at The Cardinal Club in Simpsonville, Ky.
In addition to Menton, BSU's Casey Hill turned in a 73 (+2) on day two for a 36-hole total of 73-73-146 (+2) and holds down a portion of 18th place, Andrew Benson and Matt Haugstad recorded matching five-over-par 77s on day two. Benson is tied for 70th at 77-77--154 (+10) and Haugstad is tied for 93 with 82-77--159 (+15), while John Hafdal posted a seven-over par 79 and is tied for 86th with 78-79--157 (+13).
The final round of the 2012 Central/West Super Regional will get underway at 9:30 a.m., with BSU playing the final five tee times of the day. Haugstad gets the team stated at 2:50 p.m. and Menton's final group is set to tee off at 3:30 p.m.