Hoagland hits 70s again, Grizzlies place 14th

Hoagland hits 70s again, Grizzlies place 14th

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The Montana women’s golf team shot a final-round 313 on Tuesday to finish the Battle at the Rock in 14th place. The 54-hole tournament took place at the Oak Quarry Golf Club.

Senior Hailey Hoagland shot rounds of 74, 76 and 77 to finish in a tie for 34th place as the Grizzlies opened their six-tournament spring season. (Results)

“Overall I’m pleased with the bunch,” said coach Kris Nord. “It was our first on-course play, and there is no substitute for that.

“I’m encouraged by the things we worked on and felt we addressed those and are going in the right direction.”

Montana opened with a 300 in Monday’s first round, then followed with a 318 in the afternoon.

Hoagland, a Butte High graduate who was the only Montana golfer with three scores in the 70s, was nine strokes better than any of her teammates at the tournament.

She didn’t have anything worse than a bogey in Monday’s two rounds. She had a pair of double-bogeys on Tuesday but still came in with a 5-over 77.

“I was really happy with Hailey,” said Nord. “She hung in there today. It wasn’t her best round, but she always manages to post a good score.”

Sophomore Teigan Avery finished second to Hoagland at Montana’s final fall tournament, and she opened the spring in the same position, firing rounds of 75, 84 and 77.

She birdied three straight holes on Tuesday to get to 2-under at one point.

“Teigan comes to mind,” said Nord, when asked about who stood out this week. “She had a good response to a tough second round yesterday.”

Senior Kari Opatz (80-77-81) and junior Baylee Barckley (74-86-78) both tied for 67th, while freshman Faith D’Ortenzio (77-81-84) tied for 76th.

“We definitely found out what we need to work on, which is putting and bunker play, and bunker play is something we cannot work on in our indoor facility. We have to get outside for some practices,” said Nord.

“I’m encouraged by this team. We showed yesterday and today that we have to putt better, and we started to turn the corner on the second nine today, which was good to see.”

UC Davis (285-294-295) won the tournament by eight strokes over Hawaii (290-295-297). UC Riverside (287-300-299) and Stetson (296-295-295) tied for third.

UC Davis’s Samantha Hutchison (69-72-70) and Cal State Northridge’s Alice Duan (70-71-70) led the field at 5-under.

Montana’s next tournament will be the Grand Canyon Invitational Feb. 24-25.

— Montana Sports Information

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