On the strength of a pair of two-under-par 69s, the Bemidji State men's golf team opened the spring season Friday by carding a team-low 284 (E) in the third round of the 2009-10 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships.
The Beavers jumped into second place with 36 holes to go. The third round took place at the par-71, 6,539-yard Jewel Golf Club in Lake City.
Chris Curb and Jim Foss carded matching 69s (-2) to lead a BSU team that posted the low score of the round.
Minnesota State, which jumped out to a lead early in the tournament, continued to roll towards a championship posting a 287 (+2) for a three-round total of 878.
The Beavers trail the Mavericks by 20 strokes in the team competition and St. Cloud State is 13 strokes back of BSU in third place.
Bryant Black of Minnesota State leads the tournament after 36 holes. He fired a 68 Friday and stands at two-over par in the overall competition.
He holds a one stroke lead over teammate Kyle Bahe and BSU's Curb.
Foss is 13 shots back in 19th place at 16 over par.
Bemidji State's Jesse Nelson is seventh individually at eight over par.
The unique conference tournament is comprised of five 18-hole rounds spread over six months. The first two rounds of the championships took place Oct. 4-5, 2009 at Hastings Country Club.
The event continues Saturday with the 90-hole championship concluding Sunday.