LAKEWOOD, Wash. — Freshman Baylee Barckley shot a 2-over 74 Tuesday, Montana’s best round of the tournament, to help the Griz golf team close with a final-round 312 and tie for 13th at the Pat Lesser Harbottle Invitational. Results
Montana opened the tournament with rounds of 321 and 313 on Monday at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club.
Barckley’s (78-80-74–232) strong finish — it was the best round of her brief college career by two strokes — allowed her to move up the standings and finish in a tie for 28th. She birdied a pair of holes on her back nine Tuesday and finished with four for the tournament.
“Baylee’s been making some swing adjustments this fall that have finally started to click with her,” said first-year coach Matt Higgins. “She had a couple of good weeks of practice leading up to this tournament and started trusting those changes on the course, and it ended up pretty good for her this week.
“It’s something she had in her. It was just getting that confidence. Now that she knows she can do it, I’m sure there will be many more rounds like this to come.”
Sophomore Hailey Hoagland (81-77-77–235) shot her second consecutive 77 Tuesday to tie for 40th; junior Amanda Kahn (79-79-79–237) wrapped up her steady tournament in a tie for 46th.
Hoagland, a Butte High graduate, got off to a sizzling start Tuesday, birdieing three of her first five holes to get to 2-under before a double bogey and later a triple bogey kept her from going lower than 77. Kahn birdied her final hole Tuesday to finish with three sub-80 scores.
“After shooting a 321 for our first round, we went out like we really didn’t have anything to lose,” said Higgins. “We got a little tight the first round, but then we finally started playing freely. We relaxed and just played normally.
“And I think we could have gotten a lot more than we did. We got off to a really good start this morning, then gave up some strokes at the end. Overall it was a good tournament. I saw the small improvements I was hoping to see.”
Senior Phoebe Tan (83-77-82–242) tied for 62nd, freshman Sadie Crippen (90-85-83–258) placed 85th.
Washington (286-294-285–865) won the tournament for the second straight year. The Huskies finished 31 strokes up on Idaho (308-296-292–896) and 36 on Gonzaga (311-301-289–901).
Washington’s Julianne Alvarez (72-71-68–211) shot 5-under to finish five strokes clear of the field.
Montana will compete for the final time this fall Oct. 24-25 at the Cal Poly Lady Mustang at Cypress Ridge Golf Course in Arroyo Grande, Calif.
— Montana Sports Information