Benson tied for 9th at Northwest amateur
SPENCER - Jackson native Brett Benson, now of Odebolt, Iowa is tied for ninth after a first-round four-under par 68 Thursday at the Northwest Amateur Tournament at Spencer Golf and Country Club.
Austin Olson of Jackson carded a 76 and Jerrod Hansen of Lakefield came in with an 80.
Connor Anderson of Welcome shot a 73 and Dawson Weber of Welcome carded a 78.
Mason Weeks leads a group of Spirit Lake golfers as he is tied for 24th with a one-under 71.
Among other Spirit Lake golfers, Nick Christensen shot a 77, with Tommy Evans and Keith Heitritter both shooting 80s.
Nick Fear of Milford shot a 73 and Rich Kriener of Okoboji 80.
Jeremy Woltenburg of Arnolds Park is tied for 18th with a two-under 70, with Sam Butler shooting 76 and Tom Nielsen 78.
Tyson Hendrickson leads Estherville golfers as he his tied for 24th with a one-under 71, with Jason Karsten tied for 31st with a 72. Andy Soper of Omaha, formerly of Estherville, shot a 75.
Erik Bredesen of Minneapolis is the clubhouse leader with an eight-under 64.
The tournament continues through Sunday.