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Bemidji State's Curb moves into first place at NSIC Golf Championships

The Bemidji State men's golf team fired a 288 (+4) in the fourth round of the 2009-10 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships Saturday and are within nine strokes of Minnesota State University, Mankato with one round to play.

BSU freshman Chris Curb carded a three over par 74 at The Jewel Golf Club in Lake City to move into a tie for medalist honors after 72 holes. The Par 71 course is playing at 6,539 yards for the tournament.

The Beavers continued to play great golf to open the 2010 spring campaign. Led by a two-under-par, 69 by junior Jim Foss, a 73 (+2) by Jesse Nelson and Curb's 74, BSU trimmed 11 shots from Mankato's lead.

The Mavericks have the overall team lead with 72-hole total of 1,144 strokes.

Individually, Bemidji State has two players that enter the final 18 holes of competition in contention for all-conference honors.

Curb finds himself tied with Minnesota State's Kyle Bahe atop the overall leaderboard at 292 (+6) and Nelson sits four strokes back at 294 (+10) in fifth place.

Additionally, on the strength of the low total in the two rounds at The Jewel this spring, Foss is nine shots off the lead at 301 (+15) just one position out of All-NSIC honors tied for ninth place.

The Beavers and the rest of the NSIC field hit the course again Sunday to wrap up the 2009-10 championships. The unique conference tournament is comprised of five 18-hole rounds spread over six months. The first two rounds of the event took place Oct. 4-5, 2009 at Hastings Country Club. The final three rounds of the 90-hole championship are played at The Jewel.