PHOENIX — Senior Trey Hoagland, sophomore Isaiah Weldon and freshmen Emily Garden and Emily Kelly paced Montana Tech’s golf teams Tuesday as the Orediggers closed out a tough ACU Spring Invitational.
The Oredigger men placed eighth in the eight-team field, while the Oredigger women finished third among the three teams with team scores. The tournament was played at par 72 Moon Valley Country Club. (Men’s results; women’s results)
Marcus Sandlof of Grand Canyon fired a final-round 65 to tie teammate Matthew Braley for men’s medalist honors at 135. Sundlof shot a 70 on Monday, while Braley hit 67 and 68.
Hoagland and Weldon, a pair of Butte High grads, tied for 37th place at 155. Hoagland followed Monday’s 78 with a 77, while Weldon it 78 after Monday’s 77.
Tech’s Jace Rhodes finished at 157 after a final-round 83. He shot 74 on Monday. Sean Ramsbacher surged up the leaderboard to finish at 158. He improved 10 shots for a 74.
Also for the Tech men, Brady Cady followed a 76 with an 83 for a 159.
The Orediggers slipped seven shots for a 312 and a 617 total. The B squad of Ottawa University (Arizona) won with a 571, following a 289 with a final-round 282. Embry-Riddle (Arizona) finished second at 580, followed by host Arizona Christian at 582.
Kendall McBean of Embry-Riddle followed a first-round 69 with a 75 to claim medalist honors one the women’s side with a 144. Teammate Hailey Stevenson finished second at 148 after Tuesday’s 78.
Garden shot an 84 Tuesday for a 163 total. She finished in eighth place and one shot ahead of Kelly, a Butte High grad who hit a final-round 83.
Tanna Campbell followed a 79 with an 89 for the Orediggers, who saw Skyler Martin (91) and Reyla Williams (99) improve on the final round.
Embry Riddle followed a 291 with a 307 to easily win the team title at 588. Ottawa hit 663, while Tech finished at 686. The Orediggers hit 347 on Tuesday.
Next up for the Orediggers is the Oredigger Shootout Dual April 11-12 at the Old Works in Anaconda. Tech will then play at the Frontier Conference Championship April 18-21 in Eagle, Idaho.