MSU men’s golf team slides to seventh

SMITHVILLE, Mo. – The Minot State University men’s golf team carded a collective 315 in the third round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championship on Saturday. That total dropped the Beavers from fourth place into seventh in the 12-team event, which began with two rounds in October.

St. Cloud State (Minn.) widened its lead with a team score of 299. The Huskies have a three-round total of 923, 18 strokes ahead of second-place Sioux Falls (S.D.) and 43 strokes ahead of MSU.

“It’s not the start we were looking for,” MSU coach Chipper Farrell said in a press release. “We played decent in the fall championship and were looking to keep putting the pressure on the top teams, but we just couldn’t get going today. We had some good rounds, but no great rounds and had to score a round in the 80s. That isn’t how we have been playing over the past couple tune-ups.”

MSU sophomore Kowan O’Keefe fired a 5-over-par 77 and remains in contention for the individual title. He’s tied for fourth – two strokes back of Minnesota, Crookston’s Jesse Roscoe and SCSU’s Charlie West – entering the final round.

Senior Marion Hernandez posted MSU’s only other sub-80 score with a 78.

The final round begins this morning.

– Daily News Staff