Oredigger Men and Women remain in 2nd entering final day of Frontier Golf Tournament
After the second day of the Frontier Conference Golf Tournament in Henderson, NV, some strong individual performances kept both the Montana Tech mens and womens golf teams in second place in team standings. The following is from a press release from Montana Tech's Director of Athletics, Matt Stepan:
HENDERSON, Nevada - The Montana Tech men's and women's golf teams ended the second day the Frontier Conference Championships holding 2nd place in the team standings. Rocky Mountain College holds the lead on both the men’s and the women’s sides with one round left at Reflection Bay Golf Club.
The Montana Tech men shot a 326 (+38) while the women improved their first round showing by 6 strokes, shooting a 347 (+59). The Oredigger men remain 44 strokes in front of the Saints from Carroll College, while the Oredigger women extended their lead over Carroll to 62 strokes.
Montana Tech's Gabe Witham had a bid second day shooting a 3-over-par 75 to jump into third place, while Matt Hobbs sits just outside of the top five at 6th place overall after carding an 80 (+8). Freshman Joe Opitz continued his strong showing by improving his day 1 score by three strokes, shooting an 81 and is 8th overall while Blake Loberg and Nick Pasquarello finished the day where they started, tied for 13th place and matching scores of 90.
On the women's side, freshman Emma Woods remains at fourth overall and just three strokes back from third place after shooting a second-round score of 80. Samantha Benson jumped into the fifth spot in the standings after shooting a day 2 score of 85. Franchi Ceartin entered the top ten after firing a round of 89 to move to 9th while Kodie Hoagland moved up for spots to 11th after posting a 93. Cierra Sundheim scored a 99 and is currently sitting tied for 12th.
Head Coach Sean Ryan said his teams played well in difficult conditions. "The course was incredibly tough yesterday in the wind," he told us. "I think that showed with the number of high scores that were shot by some really tough golfers. Gabe Witham played great yesterday and really had it going. He posted a really good score to move up the leaderboard." Ryan also said that the women played well and is optimistic about both squads' chances heading into final round play. "Most of our girls got better from round one to round two, which is saying something in the wind and tough conditions." Ryan added, "we've got a good chance to put multiple people on the All-Tournament Team on both sides which would be tremendous."
The Orediggers will tee off for their final round of the Frontier Conference Championships on Wednesday morning starting at 7:10 A.M. PDT.