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GOLF: Beaver men win home invite, women take 8th

BSU freshman Ian Mackenzie-Olson, right, eyes up his putt on the third green during the BSU Invite on Tuesday at the Bemidji Town and Country Club. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)1 / 2
BSU sophomore Matthew Gregg, right, tees off from hole No. 2 during the BSU Invite on Tuesday at the Bemidji Town and Country Club. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)2 / 2

BEMIDJI -- Competing on its own home course, the Bemidji State men’s golf team captured the team title at the BSU Invitational Tuesday at Bemidji Town and Country Club.

Freshman Ian Mackenzie-Olson led the way for the Beavers by finishing at five-under par as individual champion at the eight-team tournament.

Paced by Mackenzie-Olson’s two-day score of 139 (71-68), BSU shot an even-par round 288 to finish at 580 for the tournament, seven strokes ahead of runner-up Sioux Falls (293-294--587).

“I’m really happy for these guys,” BSU men’s coach Ekren Miller said. “They dug deep and, especially to post even score second day, it takes someone to step out like Ian Mackenzie-Olson shooting four-under today. That’s what we needed -- to have an anchor player like that.”

Mackenzie-Olson had just played in his first collegiate tournament over the weekend in Detroit Lakes at the Wildflower Cobber Invite with the Beavers. Golfing his fourth round in four days Tuesday, the freshman entered the final round two strokes back in a tie for seventh.

“It means a lot,” Mackenzie-Olson said. “There are a lot of good guys in this field and (we) came out with a team win and an individual win.”

Other BSU finishers included Bemidji native Matt Gregg, who finished tied for fourth with a two-under 142 (71-71), followed by Tanner Sperling (T-21st, 149), Samuel Otto (T-23rd, 150) and Brandon Olson (52nd, 164).

At the only tournament BSU hosts all season, Tuesday was a special win for the Beavers.

“We try and grow it every year,” Miller said. “It’s a really special to event to have it with the women’s program as well. The space is limited, which makes it a little more elite, but we’re really happy with the field that came here and I think everyone had a great experience.”

BSU women take 8th

The Bemidji State women’s golf team finished eighth at the Tracy Lane Memorial hosted by the Beavers at BTCC Tuesday.

The Beavers recorded a two-day score of 695 to place eighth in the nine-team tournament. Minnesota State carded a 645 to win by three strokes over Minot State and Winona State.

“As a first tournament of the year, I’m impressed with how everybody just kind of toughed it out,” BSU women’s head coach Eric Carlson said. “There were some bad holes out there and we tried to bounce back. It’s really nice to see them not give up and just really keep battling.”

Katy Woelfel was the Beavers’ top performer, finishing tied for 14th with a 163 (83-80). Other BSU results included Erica Gartner (T-34th, 174), Elise and Lauren Stockmoe (T-38th, 179) and McKenna Blaine (51st, 198).

Sophie Hill of Concordia-St. Paul won the individual title with a five-over 149 (75-74), finishing four shots ahead of Winona State’s Jessica Blanchard.

This year’s women’s tournament was the second to be called the Tracy Lane Memorial. The tournament was renamed in 2016 after the former Bemidji State and Bemidji High School golfer who passed away from cervical cancer in 2013.

“To have the tournament grow from last year is exciting because sometimes you can start something and it’s great the first year and then it just kind of fades away,” Carlson said. “We were bigger and better than last year and hopefully that trend continues.”

The tournament helped raise money for the Tracy Lane Foundation with a banquet Monday night.

“(Tracy’s story) is a very important part of what this tournament is about,” Carlson said. “It’s not just about the golf. We want to remember her and what she went through so that hopefully we can help eliminate cervical cancer.”

Men’s Team Results

1-Bemidji State 580; 2-Sioux Falls 587; 3-Manitoba 591; 4-Winona State 592; 5-St. Cloud State 595; 6-Minot State 605; 7-Concordia-St. Paul 606; 8-Minnesota Crookston 625.

Bemidji State Men’s Results

1-Ian Mackenzie-Olson 139; T4-Matt Gregg 142; T9-Brandon Nelson 145; T14-Cody Cook 147; T21-Tanner Sperling 149; T23-Samuel Otto 150; T27-Brennan Hockman 152; T33-Aaron Schnathorst 155; T36-Joe Vatnsdal 156; 38-Cole Johnson 157; 51-Isaac Cihak 163; 52-Brandon Olson 164; 55-Ben Skaar 167.

Women’s Team Results

1-Minnesota State 645; T2-Minot State 648; T2-Winona State 648; 4-Sioux Falls 652; 5-Concordia-St. Paul 661; 6-St. Cloud State 663; 7-Manitoba 674; 8-Bemidji State 695; 9-Minnesota Crookston 741.

Bemidji State Women’s Results

T14-Katy Woelfel 163; T34-Erica Gartner 174; T38-Elise Stockmoe 179; T38-Lauren Stockmoe 179; T38-Joleen Werden 179; 46-Peyton Miller 187; 50-Hailey Hinners 196; 51-McKenna Blaine 198; 52-Meghan Lee 201; 56-Sara Titera 214; 57-Geana Guillard 224.

Austin Monteith

Austin Monteith is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. He is an Illinois native and a Butler University graduate. Follow him on Twitter @amonteith92.

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