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Beavers win BSU Invite crown

Bemidji Town and Country Club -- Sophomore Jesse Nelson carded a four-under-par 68 on the final day of the BSU Invitational Monday to slide into second place individually (71-68--139) and pace the Bemidji State University men's golf team to a team title.

Nelson was one of three BSU golfers to finish the 36-hole tournament under par as Chris Curb and Jim Foss posted a 70-71--141 and 71-71--142, respectively to finish fourth and fifth.

The BSU squad cruised to a 12-stroke victory and its first BSU Invitational title since 2001.

After 18 holes, the Beavers held a slim one-stroke lead over the University of Manitoba, but saw its lead grow Monday due to being the only team to finish at par or better with a 286-286--572 (-4). Manitoba and St. John's University carded matching scores of 584 (+8) to tie for second place while Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference foe St. Cloud State University posted a 592 (+16) to round out the top four teams.

Medallist honors went to St. Johns Dennis Granath, who posted a blistering 69-66--135 to run away with a five-shot victory.

Powered by 151 from Josh Dale and freshman Jordan Priem, Bemidji State's second team took 11th. Priem recorded the shot of the day, registering a hole-in-one on the BTCC's par-three, 171-yard 14th hole.

The Beavers look to make it three tournament wins in a row this weekend as they travel to St. Cloud to participate in the SCSU Invitational. Play begins Saturday at St. Cloud Country Club Country Club.

60th Annual BSU Invitational

Bemidji Town and Country Club

Par 72, 6,535 yards

Final results

1. Bemidji State 1 286-286--572

t2. Manitoba 287-297--584

t2. Saint John¹s Red 291-293--584

4. St. Cloud State 1 299-293--592

5. Con.-Moorhead 1 294-299--593

6. Saint John¹s Blue 298-295--593

7. Manitoba 2 297-299--596

8. Minnesota State 1 295-302--597

9. St. Cloud State 2 292-310--602

10. Minnesota State 306-299--605

11. Bemidji State 2 307-301--608

12. Con.-Moorhead 2 315-306--621

13. UMCrookston 1 314-308--622

14. UMCrookston 2 330-330--660

15. UM Morris 344-347--691

Bemidji State 1

2. Jesse Nelson 71-68--139

4. Chris Curb 70-71--141

5. Jim Foss 71-71--142

t25. Casey Hill 74-76--150

t45. Hansen, Aric# 78-77--155

t50. Ben Moen 74-82--156

t62.Nelson, Garrett# 77-85--162

75. Nate Duea 87-84--171

Bemidji State 2

t30. Jordan Priem 77-74--151

t30. Josh Dale 78-73--151

t41.Justin Johnson 79-75--154

t45. Daniel Menton 73-82--155

t59. Matt Hougstad 81-79--160

# Participated as an individual

The Bemidji State men's golf team captured its opening tournament this weekend over a ten-team field at the Concordia Invitational.

Bemidji posted a two-day total of 565 to beat Manitoba by 17 strokes.

The Manitoba B Team, Concordia and Northern State rounded out the top five. The Bemidji White finished ninth.

Bemidji had taken a seven stroke lead after Friday's first round and widened the gap on Saturday.

Chris Curb of Bemidji took individual honors with a seven under par 137. Teammates Jim Foss and Casey Hill were second and fifth at 139 and 142 with Jesse Nelson ninth at 147.

The Beavers hosted their own tournament Sunday and Monday.



Team totals: Bemidji 565, Manitoba 582, Manitoba B 588, Concordia 588,  Northern State 605, Concordia Gold 608, NDSU 609, Bemidji White and Minnesota Crookston 623

Individual: 1. Chris Curb, Bem.137; 2. Jim Foss, Bem.139; 3. Kappes, Con. 140; 4. Unger, unattched 141; 5. Hill, Bem. 142