Digger men, women second after rushed first round

Digger men, women second after rushed first round

Ramsbacher one shot out; Weldon, Kelly fourth

EAGLE, Idaho — The Frontier Conference Championships started a day early.

With poor weather in effect and much more on the way, Rocky Mountain College took the first-round lead Sunday at the DanBury Golf Club. Montana Tech’s golf teams sit in second place. (Men’s results; Women’s results)

Oredigger coach Sean Ryan said snow in the morning nearly called off the entire tournament. Instead, officials opted to play the first round early. The teams will now have the next three days to get in 18 more holes to make the tournament official.

On the men’s side, Rocky took the lead at 12 over par. The Orediggers are three shots back. In Second place. The University of Providence is a distant third at plus 45.

Mitchell Thiessen of Rocky fired a 1-under-par 70 to take the individual lead. Defending champion Sean Ramsbacher of Montana Tech is one shot back at 71.

Rocky’s Nolan Burzminski is third at 73, which is one shot better than Butte High graduate Isaiah Weldon of Montana Tech.

Tech’s Matt Hobbs and Jhett Braley are tied for sixth at 77.

Rocky’s women hit a plus 39 to take a nine-shot lead over the Orediggers. Carroll College is third at plus 57.

Rocky’s Valentina Zuleta shot a 2-under 69 to take a huge lead. Claire Right of Rocky and Katie Fagg of Carroll are tied for second at 78. Tech’s Emily Kelly sits in fourth place at 80.

Oredigger Cierra Sundheim is tied for fifth at 83, one shot better than teammate Franchi Ceartin. Oredigger Sami Benson shot an 85.

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