Sports Briefs

O’Keefe second, Beavers third

at invite

COLUMBUS, Neb. – For the first time this season, the Minot State men’s golf team shot under 300 collectively, but it wasn’t enough as the Beavers finished third at the Upper Iowa Spring Invite at Quail Run Golf Course on Sunday.

The Beavers’ five-member team carded a second-round 298 to move up one spot from the day before and finished four shots back of second-place Concordia-St. Paul and 10 behind champion St. Cloud State.

MSU junior Karson O’Keefe was unable to maintain his first-round lead, placing second with a two-round total of 145. O’Keefe fired a 3-over 75 in the final round and finished one shot behind C-SP’s Adam Petterson, who carded his second straight even-par 72 to take medalist honors.

“We played well Sunday overall with our team score in the 200s at 298,” MSU coach Randy Westby said in . “We are looking forward to getting to the spring conference tournament. Hopefully we can peak next week at conference.”

MSU redshirt freshman Karson O’Keefe finished tied for 13th, matching his older brother’s 75. Junior Nick Liebel shot the best round of the day for the Beavers, carding a 1-over 73. He finished tied for 16th.

The Beavers compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Spring Championships in Lake City, Minn., beginning Saturday at 9 a.m.

-Daily News Staff

MSU women’s golf places eighth

COLUMBUS, Neb. – The Minot State women’s golf team shaved off 11 shots from its first-round total and finished eighth at the Upper Iowa Spring Invite at Quail Run Golf Course on Sunday.

Danielle Foster shot a team-best 182 and finished tied for 33rd. Rebecca Heinitz was 35th, one shot behind Foster.

Augustana College won the team title with a two-score of 638, 16 shots clear of Minnesota State-Mankato.

Mankato’s Kanyapak Sethasomponbe took medalist honors, finished two strokes in front of teammate Dani Selberg and Augustana’s Allie Ostrander. Sethasomponbe shot a two-round total of 155.

The Beavers compete in the Augustana College Invite beginning Saturday at 1 p.m.

-Daily News Staff

Saul Phillips of North Dakota St to coach Ohio U

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) – Saul Phillips, who guided North Dakota State to an upset of fifth-seeded Oklahoma in the NCAA tournament and 26 wins this season, was hired Sunday as Ohio University’s basketball coach.

Phillips succeeds Jim Christian, who left after two years to coach Boston College. Christian was 49-22 at Ohio.

Phillips was 134-84 in seven seasons at North Dakota State. He now joins a school that went 25-12 this season and made it to the Tournament quarterfinals.

“I simply cannot wait to start working with our players and helping them reach their potential,” he said in a statement. “I want our fans and my players to know that I will pour maximum energy and enthusiasm into Bobcat basketball.”

Phillips was an assistant at North Dakota State for three seasons before becoming head coach. Before that, Phillips was the director of basketball operations for three years at Wisconsin under Bo Ryan.

Phillips played at Wisconsin-Platteville under Ryan and in 1995 captained the Pioneers’ undefeated national championship team.