BEMIDJI -- The howling wind at Bemidji Town and Country Club could not stop Matt Gregg.
The Bemidji State men’s golfer won the team’s BSU Invitational when the final round of the two-day tournament concluded Tuesday afternoon.
Gregg, a Bemidji native, carded the best single-round score of his career Monday with a 70, and followed it with an even-par 72 Tuesday to claim the individual title. His 2 under par 142 matched his lowest career multi-round score, which the junior set at last year’s BSU Invite.
“It’s kind of nice to get it done on home soil,” said Gregg, who competed as an individual.
The win was the first in the collegiate career of the former Lumberjack.
“It’s kind of a weight lifted off my shoulders,” Gregg said. “There’s a lot of questions of who’s the top five (golfers) around here, and it’s nice to make a statement like that and prove my way in.”
“He played really well, and especially kept his head on the last round in the wind to finish strong and win by two shots,” said BSU men’s head coach Ekren Miller. “I’m really happy for him because he didn’t make top five in qualifying and here he is winning a collegiate event, which some guys will play four years and never win a collegiate event.”
BSU finished second as a team with a 12 over par 588 (295-293), nine strokes behind Manitoba’s 3 over par 579 (285-294). However, the tournament will officially count as a win for the Beavers since Manitoba is an international school.
“It was our first tournament round of the year, so that said, I was proud of the way they battled, especially in the wind today,” Miller said. “We were low in the field today, so I’m happy with the result.”
Among the Beavers’ four scoring golfers, Brennan Hockman posted the lowest score with his 144 to finish tied for second. The other three scorers included Ian Mackenzie-Olson (T-6th, 145), Brandon Nelson (T-16th, 149) and Cody Cook (T-20th, 151).BSU women place 3rd in Lane Memorial
The Tracy Lane Memorial, hosted by the BSU women’s golf team, also came to a close after two rounds Tuesday. The Beavers placed third with a 117 over par 693 (341-352), while Concordia-St. Paul claimed the team title with a 74 over par 650 (326-324). St. Cloud State took second with a 689 (339-350).
“They did much better yesterday than today,” said first-year BSU women’s head coach Jim Jensen. “The wind might have been a factor today. But it all comes down to chipping and putting, and we’re going to work on that.”
Sophomore Lauren Stockmoe posted the lowest score on BSU with her 27 over par 171 (79-92) to tie for ninth. Sophie Hill earned medalist honors with her 13 over par 157 (79-78) to win the individual title for the second straight year.
Twin sister Elise Stockmoe (13th, 172) Kalley Wagner (14th, 173) and Erica Gartner (16th, 177) rounded out the Beavers’ point scorers.
The tournament is named for former BSU and Bemidji High School golfer Tracy Lane who died of cervical cancer in 2013. The event was renamed in her honor in 2016, and helps to raise money for the Tracy Lane Foundation, which seeks to raise awareness for cervical cancer, and promote vaccinations and the importance of regular checkups.
BSU Invitational (men)
1-Manitoba 579; 2-Bemidji State 588; 3-Winona State 595; 4-Minot State 597; 5-St. Cloud State 599; 6-Concordia-St. Paul 604; 7-Sioux Falls 605; 8-Minnesota Crookston 629.
Bemidji State Results
1-Gregg# 142; T2-Hockman 144; T6-Mackenzie-Olson 145; T16-Nelson 149; T20-Cook 151; T23-Corbid# 152; T28-Sperling# 153; T28-Swenson 153; T46-Olson# 158; T49-Echeveste# 159; T49-Schnathorst# 159; 60-Vatnsdal# 165.
Tracy Lane Memorial (women)
1-Concordia-St. Paul 650; 2-St. Cloud State; 689; 3-Bemidji State 693; 4-Manitoba 701; 5-Winona State 719; 6-MSU-Moorhead 759; 7-Minnesota Crookston 809.
Bemidji State Results
T9-L. Stockmoe 171; 13-E. Stockmoe 172; 14-Wagner 173; 15-Ellingson# 175; 16-Gartner 177; 30-Blaine# 191; 32-Hinners 193; 43-Guillard# 213; 45-Van Brocklin# 232.