Hoagland, Griz golfers finish strong in Riverside

Hoagland, Griz golfers finish strong in Riverside

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Behind 1-over 73s from both Hailey Hoagland and Baylee Barckley, the Montana women’s golf team wrapped up the Battle at the Rock on Tuesday with a final-round 309 at the Oak Quarry Golf Club. Results

The Grizzlies shot rounds of 334 and 312 on Monday, and finished the tournament in 14th place out of 15 teams.

Barckley (80-74-73–227) was Montana’s top finisher, tying for 15th. After shooting an 80 in Monday morning’s round and starting round two on Monday afternoon with a bogey, Barckley played her final 35 holes at 2-over, with six birdies.

Despite shooting a 91 on Monday morning, Hoagland, a Butte High graduate, was Montana’s No. 2 finisher, tying for 56th. She improved by 13 strokes to card a 78 on Monday afternoon, then took off another five strokes on Tuesday.

Barckley and Hoagland tied for the fifth-lowest round of the day on Tuesday out of 84 golfers.

“They both really struck the ball well and putted well,” said coach Matt Higgins. “They just had it going today. Both of them have been hitting the ball well in practice, so it was nice to see them transition that to the tournament.”

Montana shot a 309 on Tuesday and not better because nobody else was in the 70s. Teigan Avery (84-81-80–245) shot an 80, which was her best round of the tournament. Kari Opatz (83-79-83–245) came in at 83, Caitlyn Villatora (87-81-88–256) at 88.

“A lot of the things we struggled with the last two days were things that are easier to practice when you’re outdoors, like sand shots and course management,” said Higgins.

“We’ll keep working on the things we can work on and try to do those really well, so that when we get outside for our next tournament, we can focus on those things we can’t work on back home at this time of year,” said Higgins.

Northern Arizona’s Sofia Anokhina (71-73-72–216) was the low golfer, finishing at even par and five strokes clear of the field.

Cal Poly (303-301-299–903), which started the day in second, five strokes behind Hawaii (300-299-310–909), rallied for the win, shooting a 299, while the Rainbow Wahine closed with a 310.

UC Riverside (325-288-300–913) was third, Northern Arizona (307-305-306–918) and Grand Canyon (308-306-304–918) tied for fourth.

Montana will compete again in two weeks at The Gold Rush in Seal Beach, Calif.

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