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Four commit to BSU men's golf

Bemidji State men's golf coach Ekren Miller has announced the addition of Nathan Brown (Hamilton, Ontario), Andrew Benson (Minnetonka), John Hafdal (Prior Lake) and Joe Selle (Minneapolis) to the BSU golf program for the 2011-12 season.

Bemidji State men's golf coach Ekren Miller has announced the addition of Nathan Brown (Hamilton, Ontario), Andrew Benson (Minnetonka), John Hafdal (Prior Lake) and Joe Selle (Minneapolis) to the BSU golf program for the 2011-12 season.

Brown signed a National Letter of Intent during the NCAA's late signing period while Benson, Hafdal and Selle join the Beavers after inking BSU offers of admission.

All signees are contingent upon admission to BSU and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA eligibility center.

Brown attended Saltfleet High School and was awarded with the sportsmanship award as a member of the boy's golf team. He has experienced success on the Hamilton/Halton Junior Golf Tour. Following a fourth-place finish in the tour point standings and a tour victory a year ago, he ranks fourth after four tour stops this season and sits second on the tour pars leaderboard.

His best finish of 2011 came June 28 at Knollwood Golf Course in Ancaster, Ontario, where he carded a 76 (+4) to finish second.

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A 2011 team captain and All-Lake Conference honorable mention pick, Benson comes to BSU after a two-sport career at Minnetonka High School.

In addition to earning three letters in golf, Benson also earned a letter in ice hockey as a senior. A native of Eden Prairie, he placed third in the 2010 Section 6 AAA golf tournament en route to leading the Skippers to the 2010 Minnesota Class AAA state golf tournament where he finished 36th.

His parents, Bradley and Suzanne Benson, are Bemidji State alumni, while his sister, Alyssa, is also a collegiate athlete as a current member of the women's basketball team at Metro State University in Denver Colo.

Hafdal will begin his collegiate career this fall after a successful prep career at Prior Lake High School where he helped lead the Lakers to the school's inaugural trip to the state tournament in 2010.

Following the program's first-ever win over Eden Prairie for the Section 2AAA championship, Hafdal and PLHS advanced to the state tournament at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids where they finished fifth.

Selle played his high school golf for prep powerhouse Wayzata which reached the Class AAA state tournament three times during his four years on the Trojan's boy's golf team. Selle's greatest contribution to the team came in 2011 when he fired a one-over-par 73 to lead Wayzata to the Lake Conference championship.

"These young men are the bright future leaders of BSU golf," said Miller. "I am confident in their abilities on the golf course and in the classroom."

Under the direction of Miller, the Beavers finished seventh in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championship in 2010-11.

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The team returns nine players from the 2010-11 roster, including senior Justin Johnson who landed NSIC All-Conference honorable mention honors a year ago.

Bemidji State will open the 2011-12 men's golf campaign Sept. 11-12 when it has split-squad competitions at the BSU Invitational at the Bemidji Town and Country Club and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Fall Preview at Troy Burne Golf Course in Hudson, Wis.

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