Benson sits in second, Oredigger men third

BILLINGS — Montana Tech sophomore Sean Benson shot rounds of 72 and 70 Monday during the first round of the MSUB Yellowjacket Spring Invitational.

The Billings native sits in second place heading into Tuesday’s final round at Lake Hills Golf Course. (Leaderboard, Individual scores)

As a team, the Orediggers are in third place. Tech, which led after a first-round 293, shot 304 in the second round and takes a 597 score into Tuesday.

MSUB shot 296-281 for a 577 to take the lead. Rocky Mountain is second at 592. Carroll College is fourth at 614.

Rocky’s Michael Tait shot 71-67 on the par-72 course. His 6-under-par 138 is four shots better than Benson. Carroll’s Ben Gardner and MSUB’s Connor Miele are tied for three at 1-under 143.

Oredigger Dave Starcevich, a Butte High grad, sits in a ninth-place tie at 148 after hitting 73 and 75.

Tech’s Cole Noctor, a Butte Central grad, is tied for 14th at 151. He followed a 75 with a 76.

Oredigger teammate Ryan Keenan is one shot back at 152 after a 74 and a 78. Freshman Trey Hoagland, a Butte High grad, is tied for 22nd at 155. He hit 74-81.



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