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BEMIDJI -- More than 50 players from competed in the Lumberjack Open tennis tournament Saturday and Sunday, July 28-29, at Bemidji High School, Bemidji Middle School and the Bemidji State Recreation Center. Players ranged from grades 6-12 and came from Bemidji, Grand Rapids, Brainerd, Thief River Falls, Aitken, Foley, Staples, Crookston and Park Rapids.
BEMIDJI -- With the men’s title match of the Birchmont Golf Tournament all square through 14 holes, Nick Schaefer’s drive on No. 15 bounced just off the left side of the green while Bemidji’s Chris Curb stuck his on the green below the hole for a good chance to score. But Schaefer promptly sunk his 40-foot putt for eagle and Curb left his just short, giving Schaefer his first lead since No. 6.
BEMIDJI -- After securing the 18th hole to move to all-square against Lucas Johnson on day three of match play at the Birchmont Golf Tournament, Bemidji’s Chris Curb stepped up to the first tee box for extras. “Honestly, I just wanted to hit in the fairway, just get it out there,” Curb said. “I know that the pin is in a hard enough spot that I just wanted an attempt at birdie.”
BEMIDJI -- Just four remain in the women’s championship after Thursday’s action at the Birchmont Golf Tournament at Bemidji Town and Country Club, with Emily Israelson, Abbie Kelm, Annie Nelson and Haley Tollette staying alive with their second wins of the week. Kelm, a recent graduate of Bemidji High School, defeated Anna Tollette 4-2 and will take on Israelson, who made quick work of Mary Harris with a 6-5 victory.
BEMIDJI -- In 2016 and 2017, Andrew Israelson claimed the Men’s Division championship at the Birchmont Golf Tournament. His soon-to-be teammate at North Dakota State, Nate Deziel, has a pair of titles himself, winning the Junior Division the past two years. Although Israelson is a junior for the Bison, his incoming freshman counterpart took him through 17 holes before the defending champion could put him away 2-1.
BEMIDJI -- With the first day of qualifying in the books at the 94th annual Birchmont Golf Tournament at Bemidji Town and Country Club, Grand Forks, N.D. native Nick Schaefer leads the Men’s Division with a 69. Leading the Men’s Executives is Brad Anderson with a 73, while Jeff Stadheim tops the Senior Men’s leaderboard with a 69. In the Junior Division, Sartell’s Logan Hamak posted a 72 for a four-stroke lead over second-place Blake Simmons.
BEMIDJI -- For the 94th time, the Birchmont Golf Tournament is returning to Bemidji. Starting Monday, July 23, at the Bemidji Town and Country Club, the six-day tournament will feature the standard four men’s divisions, the women’s division and two junior divisions. Representing 19 different states, this year’s event has 312 entrants registered to compete.
ALEXANDRIA -- After winning its first game of the Outstate Zone Tournament 4-0 over Alexandria Red on Monday, the Bemidji junior legion baseball team couldn’t produce the offense needed the rest of the way, falling 6-4 to Perham on Tuesday and 7-3 to Hutchinson in Wednesday’s elimination contest.
BEMIDJI -- Medals hanging with pride around his neck, Parker Bruns bearhugs a friend who just walked into Lueken's Village Foods North, where Bruns, 30, has worked since high school. Dozens of people gathered in the deli cafe area of the store Wednesday to celebrate Bruns and Shawn Kiefer, who recently returned from their trip to the Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, where they each earned medals in swimming.
BEMIDJI -- Not a lot went right for a beat up Bemidji American Legion baseball team on Wednesday, as East Grand Forks steamrolled the Centaurs for a 10-2, 18-4 sweep at the BSU Baseball Field.