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Freshmen hope to push for spots in Bemidji State men's golf lineup

Second-year Bemidji State men's golf coach Ekren Miller has high expectations for the 2012 spring season.

"I have high expectations this season," Miller said. "High expections are proportional with high results."

BSU has an interesting mix of golfers this season. Its roster of eight freshmen, one junior, and five seniors will make for a good balance of youth and experience.

"We have a number of guys who will be graduating," Miller said. "We also have a great class of freshmen who work extremely hard for themselves and for each other."

One of the freshmen who stands out to Miller is Andrew Benson. "Andrew is really a team leader at a young age," Miller said. "We were lucky to get him. He is a leader both on and off the course."

Benson has surprised himself with a fast start.

"When I originally came in I wanted to have a good freshman year, make the top five and travel to a couple tournaments," Benson said. "I've definitely exceeded those. I've played in every tournament so far, so I'm pretty happy."

The seniors will also be a huge part of the team's success this season. "I think it is going to be a special year for a couple of our seniors," Miller said. "Casey Hill is leading the NSIC in average scores."

"The seniors have been really great," Benson added. "Danny Menton and Matt Haugstad have kind of taken me under their wing and showed me the ropes. They keep me tournament ready."

Bemidji State will begin its spring season this weekend at the Wayne State Invitational in Nebraska.