TEMPE, Ariz. — Montana Tech sophomore Sean Benson is one shot out of the lead after the first round of the Frontier Conference Championships golf tournament.
The Billings native shot a 1-over 73 Monday and is tied for second place with Rocky Mountain College’s Michael Tait. Ben Gardner of Carroll College shot a 72 to take the lead. He shot 31 on the front nine and 41 on the back. (Men’s results, Women’s results)
Benson’s round led the Orediggers to a 307, and Tech sits in third place in team standings. Rocky is holding down first place, while Lewis-Clark State is one shot back at 305.
Carroll College is fourth at 314, followed by the University of Great Falls at 317 and MSU-Northern at 374.
Butte High graduate David Starcevich shot a 76, and sits in eighth place in individual standings. Tech’s Ryan Keenan is tied for 11th at 78, while Jimmy Amundson hit 80 and is tied for 14th.
Butte High grad Trey Hoagland hit an 84 and is tied for 21st place. Only the top four scores count in team standings each round.
Montana Tech also sits in third place on the women’s side with a358. LC State leads at 334, followed by Rocky at 347. Great Falls (359), Carroll (361) and Northern (434) round out the team standings.
Gina Kowolchuk of Great Falls shot a 75 to top the individual leaderboard. Eryn Ellis of Rocky is four shots back at 79.
Tech’s Lynzee Dexter is in 10th place at 87, while teammate Megan Steach hit 88 and is in 11th place.
Oredigger Hailey Ogolin, a Butte High grad, shot 91 for 15th place, Taryn Cambell hit 92 for 16th, and Kelly Harbach shot 112.
The three-day tournament continues on Tuesday.