Grizzlies fall to seventh at Big Sky Championships

Grizzlies fall to seventh at Big Sky Championships

BOULDER CITY, Nev. — Hindered by its putting, the Montana women’s golf team fell three spots in the standings on Saturday at the Big Sky Conference Championship at the Boulder Creek Golf Club.

The Grizzlies were tied for fourth after shooting a 306 on Friday in heavy winds. With improved conditions on Saturday, Montana was unable to take advantage, carding a 309. (Results)

Montana was the only team in the field to shoot a higher score on Saturday than Friday’s opening round. Half of the tournament’s 12 teams broke 300 in the second round.

“We didn’t play poorly. We just didn’t make putts,” said coach Kris Nord. “It was a nice day, and we didn’t take advantage of it.

“We had too many three-putts and didn’t make enough putts under 10 feet. It was a day of being real close, but nobody really got it going.”

Baylee Barckley followed her 77 on Friday with a 74 in the second round to move into the top 15. She made the turn at 1-over, doubled the par-4 14th, then answered with a birdie on the 15th to match her second-best score of the spring.

Teigan Avery shot a 77, and Butte High graduate Hailey Hoagland hit a 78. Both players shot 75 on Friday.

“We started off a little slow. We might have been a little nervous after a good start yesterday,” said Nord. “Hailey had seven putts lip out on birdie and par putts. Nothing dropped.”

Kari Opatz shot a second-round 80, Faith D’Ortenzio an 81 for Montana, which will enter Sunday’s final round three shots behind Southern Utah, one up on Montana State and five ahead of Northern Colorado.

“We’re just hoping to rebound and shoot in the low threes or high twos tomorrow,” said Nord.

Idaho, which lost last year’s title in a playoff to Sacramento State, will take a five-stroke lead over the Hornets into Sunday’s final round. Both teams shot 287 on Saturday.

Portland State, which shared the opening-round lead with Idaho, shot a 294 on Saturday and is in third place, two strokes behind Sacramento State.

Idaho’s Sophie Hausmann, named the Big Sky Player of the Year on Thursday, shot a 7-under 65 on Saturday to move to 6-under and take a four-shot lead over three players who are sitting at 2-under.

Hausmann had four birdies on her front nine and back-to-back eagles on the back, carding a three on the par-5 13th and a two on the par-4 14th.

— Montana Sports Information

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