Second-year Montana Tech head golf coach Lee LaBreche announced Monday the signing of two players to NAIA Letters of Intent.
The women’s golf team received a commitment from Hailey Ogolin of Butte while Billings’ Sean Benson signed with the men’s team.
“I’m excited to have Hailey join our program,” LaBreche said. “She excelled at the high-school ranks and will be expected to be a contributor for us right away.”
Ogolin was a four-year varsity contributor at Butte High. She finished 15th in the AA State tournament her freshman year and had a top-10 finish at state in her junior campaign.
Ogolin competed in the Southwest Montana Junior Golf Tour and took home the top spot four times in 2014 in the 16-17 age division. Ogolin also excels in the classroom holding a 3.95 cumulative grade point average and has been named Academic All-State four times.
The daughter of Keith and Shaunna Ogolin, Hailey Ogolin plans on majoring in chemistry at Montana Tech.
Benson is a 6-foot-1 senior at Billings Senior High School. Benson was the 2014 Montana Boys AA State Champion after finishing with a two-day total of 145. The left-handed golfer was a member of the 2013 Junior America’s Cup and Montana-Alberta Ryder Cup teams.
“Sean will be a factor for us starting next fall,” LaBreche said. “He is an exceptional student and is a perfect fit for Montana Tech and the golf program.”
Benson has earned invitations to the Rocky Mountain Junior Golf Tour Tournament of Champions the past three years and will be representing Montana at the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship at PGF National Resort in Palm Beach Gardents, Fla. this July after shooting six-under in districts.
Benson, a three-time All-State recipient and two-time Academic All-State honoree, plans on majoring in mechanical engineering.
LaBreche has also added sophomore McKenah Blume to the women’s roster. Blume is in her second year at Montana Tech and hails from Anaconda. The nursing major won two divisional championships and placed 12th in Class A Tournament her senior year of high school.
The golf teams open up the spring season on April 13 at the Westminster Invitational in Salt Lake City. The Frontier Conference Tournament will be held in Phoenix, Arizona, on April 29.
— Montana Tech Sports Information