St. Cloud State wins NSIC conference championship by 32 strokes
SMITHVILLE, Mo. -- St. Cloud State captured the 2013 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Men's Golf Championship on Sunday at the Paradise Pointe Golf Complex (Outlaw Course).
It is the first NSIC men's golf title for the Huskies since re-joining the league in 2008. The Huskies last won a Northern Intercollegiate Conference (NIC) title in 1975. St. Cloud State was the team runner-up in 2012 and 2009 and finished third in 2010 and 2011.
St. Cloud State won the championship by a commanding 32 strokes. The Huskies shot a final-round 313 to go with scores of 307-317-299 in the first three rounds for a total of 1,236 strokes. Twelve teams competed in the championship. Minnesota State, the defending conference champion, finished second with a team total of 1,268.
Sophomore Tyler Koivisto and senior Charlie West were named to the All-Tournament team as both players finished in the top five on the individual leaderboard.
Koivisto placed second overall after firing a final round score of three-over par 75 on the par 72, 6,907 yard course. He posted rounds of 79-76-77-75 for a 307 in the tournament and was three strokes behind medalist Kowan O'Keefe of Minot State.
West shot a 79 in the final round to finish fourth overall. He had rounds of 72-86-72-79 for a total score of 309.
All five Huskies placed in the top 15 on the leaderboard. Senior Gordy Diekman placed seventh with rounds of 76-80-77-79 for a 312 total.
Junior Devin Holmes tied for ninth place with a score of 316, 80-76-78-82. First year golfer Chase Hahne tied for 13th after rounds of 80-85-73-80 for a 318.
The final two rounds of the 2012-13 championships were played this weekend while the first two rounds were played last fall at the Classic at Madden's in Brainerd, Minn.