LAKEWOOD, Wash. — Montana senior Hailey Hoagland is tied for third through two of three rounds at the Pat Lesser-Harbottle Invitational, which opened at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club Monday.
The Butte High graduate shot rounds of 70 and 77 on the par-72 course, which she is playing for the fourth consecutive year. She is tied with two other golfers at 3-over, with the tournament’s final round on Tuesday. Results
North Dakota State’s Natalie Roth leads the field at 1-under after shooting scores of 71 and 72. Weber State’s Kiselya Plewe is alone in second at 2-over. She shot back-to-back rounds of 73.
Hoagland’s opening-round 70 is the second-best score of her collegiate career, bettered only by the 69 she shot in the second round last month at the Battle at Old Works in Anaconda.
Starting her round at the 16th, Hoagland carded eight consecutive pars before posting birdies on Nos. 6, 7 and 9 to move to 3-under. A bogey on the par-5 11th moved her to back to 2-under, which is where she finished after closing with four more pars.
She birdied two of the course’s four par 3s during her second round but also had a double bogey and six bogeys.
Hoagland was the highlight for a team that played seven of its 10 rounds on Monday in the 80s. The Grizzlies shot rounds of 313 and 312 and are in eighth place in the 14-team field.
The day’s only other score in the 70s belonged to Teigan Avery, who opened with an 87 before bouncing back with an even-par 72, her best round as a collegiate golfer.
After carding seven bogeys, two doubles and a quadruple for her opening round, Avery used four birdies to offset four bogeys in the second round to break even at 72.
Baylee Barckley (80-81), Kari Opatz (81-82) and Faith D’Ortenzio (82-86) all played both of their rounds in the 80s.
North Dakota State, which won the Battle at Old Works, leads the field after posting scores of 300 and 307. The Bison are being pursued by UC Irvine (302-309), which is four strokes back, and Sam Houston State (308-304), five back.
— Montana Sports Information