Bemidji State Men’s Golf prepares to host 72nd annual BSU Invitational this Monday and Tuesday
The Bemidji State University Men’s golf team will host the 72nd annual BSU Invitational this Monday and Tuesday at the Bemidji Town & Country Club which will play to a par 71 and 6,518 yards.
Last year, Bemidji State had two teams competing with one placing sixth and the other seventh. The BSU team that placed sixth fired a 593 and were led by Ben Corbid who tied for fifth with an even par 142. The BSU team that placed seventh carded a 594 and were led by Tate Usher’s 147 as he tied for 16th. Beavers returning from last year’s BSU Invitational include senior Jack Southard who tied for 45th with a 156, and sophomores Caden Lick and Logan Schoepp who each tied for 19th with a pair of 149’s.
This year’s field with feature seven teams in addition to Bemidji State, there will be Concordia-St. Paul, Minnesota State, Minnesota-Crookston, Sioux Falls, Augustana, UMary and Minot State. Concordia-St. Paul won last year’s BSU Invitational with a 565 to win by 22-strokes. The Golden Bears also had the top individual in Brandon Sperling who fired a seven-under 135 to win by four shots. Minnesota-Crookston (second), Minnesota State (tied-third), Augustana (eighth), Minot State (10th) and UMary (11th) all competed in last year’s tournament as well.
The BSU Invitational will open the 2023 fall season for Bemidji State coming off their Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference title in the spring. There will be a similar, but different look to the 2023-24 Bemidji State Men’s Golf team this year.
Lick, who was listed as an NSIC Athlete to Watch, returns following an impressive freshman season in which he was third on the team with a 75.8 stroke average in 25 rounds. He posted five top-20 results, a top-10 and top-five throughout the season. Lick fired a low round of 72 on five different occasions, including at the NSIC Championships during his final round to secure the title after he tied for second individually.
Schoepp competed in 28 rounds last year, posting a 76.1 stroke average. He tallied three top-20, along with a top-10 and top-five placement. Schoepp carded a low round of 70 during the Northeastern State Golf Classic and added a 71 during The Mule. Both Schoepp and Lick were named to the NSIC All-Tournament Team after placing in the top-five during the NSIC Championships.
Southard saw time in 27 rounds to post a 76.4 stroke average. He added four top-20 results and both a top-10 and top-five finish. Southard had a low round of 71 at The Mule and had four other rounds of 72. Southard had his top finish at the NSIC Preview tying for fifth with a 146.
First round on Monday will begin at 9 a.m., followed by a shotgun start on Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m.