Hoagland, Griz sixth after first day

SPRINGVILLE, Utah — The Montana women’s golf team followed its opening-round 314 with a 296 Monday afternoon and is sitting in seventh place after the opening day of the Hobble Creek Invitational at Hobble Creek Golf Course in Springville, Utah.

The Grizzlies were in 10th place after Monday’s opening round. They’ll enter Tuesday’s final round just three shots out of fourth.

Butte freshman Hailey Hoagland debuted with a solid performance Monday. The former Butte High Bulldog shot 81-77 and is tied for 45th at 158. She is 16 shots over par.

Day 1 results

“We started out a little rough this morning. It’s the first tournament of the year, and this is a new golf course that we’ve not played,” UM coach Joni Stephens said . “It’s right at the base of the mountains and has really tight fairways.

“It took us about nine holes to get into a good rhythm, and after that we played really well. I was extremely pleased to see how much we learned from our first time through. We played really well the second 18 and were a few missed putts here and there from having a really great round.”

Senior Tara Green (78-73–151), who had a tournament-high 26 pars in Monday’s two rounds on the par-71 course, is tied for 19th at 9-over.

She is trailed in the standings by a stroke by junior Hayley Bingham (82-70–152) and redshirt sophomore Alexa Schendelman (76-76–152). Both are tied for 21st at 10-over.

Bingham, who played the course’s par 5s at 2-under Monday, shot a career-low 70 in the second round to move up the leaderboard. Bingham’s previous career low was a 72, which she carded in the final round of the 2013 Big Sky Conference championship.

“And that’s while playing injured,” Stephens said. “Hayley has an injured ankle and injured knee, and she walked 36 holes carrying a bag. I was really proud of how she dug her heels in and got the job done.

“She not only hit greens, she hit them close. Her approach shots were right on target, and then she made some putts.”

Sophomore Amanda Kahn (79-80–159) is tied for 48th at 17-over. Hoagland played the par 3s even Monday, the second-best total in the tournament field.

Playing as an individual, junior Phoebe Tan shot rounds of 82 and 79 and is tied for 52nd at 19-over.

New Mexico State (287-290–577) leads the tournament by 13 strokes over Santa Clara (296-294–590). BYU (297-294–591) is one shot behind Santa Clara.

Just outside of the top three is an early Big Sky Conference preview. Four league teams sit within three strokes of one another.

Weber State (303-304–607) is fourth, Southern Utah (310-299–609) and Montana State (306-303–609) are tied for fifth, one shot up on the Grizzlies (314-296–610).

MSU’s Kati Greear was the model of consistency on day one, shooting a 73-73 to hold down sixth place (76-76) is tied for 21st, Hayle Folkvord (78-76) is tied for 30th, Janelle Reali (79-78) is tied for 41st, and Lauren Hausauer (79-80) is tied for 48th.

“I’m proud that the team stayed patient today,” Bobcat coach Brittany Basye said. “Tomorrow we need to continue to work hard to put three solid rounds together.”

New Mexico State has three of the tournament’s top four players. Camille Orito (70-73–143) leads the field at 1-over. Kacey Dalpes (73-71–144) and Viviana Macias (72-72–144) are in a three-way tie for second.

The top Big Sky Conference golfer is Weber State’s Kaceelyn Pouttu (70-74–144), who is also tied for second.

— Montana Sports Information and MSU Sports Information contributed to this report.

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