Hoagland leads Griz golfers in Big Sky tune up

Hoagland leads Griz golfers in Big Sky tune up

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Montana women’s golf team shot a final-round 312 and finished ninth Tuesday at the Bobcat Spring Invitational the team’s last tournament before next week’s Big Sky Conference championship.

The Big Sky tournament will be played next Monday through Wednesday at the Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nevada.

The Grizzlies, who shot rounds of 311 and 314 on Monday at the Golf Course of Estrella, started the day in ninth and ended the tournament in the same position.

Hayley Bingham, who birdied four consecutive holes to overcome an early double-bogey, led Montana on Tuesday with a 73, the team’s best round of the tournament. Her 1-over, which matches her best round of the year, came a day after Monday afternoon’s 86, her highest score of the year. Results

“Hayley played really well today,” said coach Matt Higgins. “I’m proud of how she bounced back after a rough round yesterday. She stayed focused throughout today.”

Butte High graduate Hailey Hoagland was the team’s top overall finisher, tying for 18th. She shot an 80 on Tuesday after carding rounds of 75 and 76 on Monday. Baylee Barckley, who shot three rounds of 78, tied for 27th.

Montana’s No. 3 finisher, Phoebe Tan, shot rounds of 82, 75 and 78 to tie for 31st. She was playing as an individual, so her scores couldn’t be used for the team’s total, but she played her way into the five-player lineup for next week’s championship.

She’ll be joined by Hoagland, Barckley, Bingham and Alexa Schendelman.

“I’m excited for conference,” added Higgins. “We’ll work on a few minor things back home this week, and I’m confident they’ll be prepared for next week’s championship.”

Seattle (291-309-293) won the tournament by a single stroke over Wyoming (295-305-294). Northern Colorado (310-307-292) came in third.

Montana finished fifth among the seven Big Sky teams competing. Placing ahead of the Grizzlies were UNC, Southern Utah (301-302-311), Eastern Washington (307-304-307) and Montana State (311-310-308).

Despite shooting a 5-over 77 on Tuesday, Northern Colorado’s Kala Keltz (71-71-77) won the tournament by a stroke over Seattle’s Alexus Song (70-79-71).

— Montana Sports Information

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