The Montana Tech men’s and women’s golf teams open the two-day Frontier Conference Championships today at Larchmont Golf Course in Missoula.
The teams play 36 holes today and 18 holes on Tuesday. The team and individual winners receive automatic bids to the NAIA National Championship.
Junior Zach Maassen leads the Oredigger men into the conference championship. Maassen, originally from Whitefish, averages 79.3 strokes per round this year and is ranked 22nd in the Frontier.
Joining Maassen is junior Dustin Kate, sophomore Alec Shull and freshman Sean Ryan.
“Our men’s squad is capable of competing well with the other conference teams, but they will have to score low because the Frontier Conference team scores are consistently par or under,” head coach Mike Hitchcock said.
Ashleigh Ogolin leads the Tech women. The former Butte High Class AA State champion is ranked 17th in the conference averaging 86.7 strokes per round.
The rest of the team is bunched tightly together just behind Ogolin. Sophomore Danielle McCully is ranked 20th, junior Beth McAuley is 21st, senior Alex Hareland is 24th and senior Shelby Fortune is 25th.
“Our women’s team has posted some good scores and all the lady golfers have the potential to be very competitive in the meet. Our challenge will be to play consistent and stay focused for the entire meet,” Hitchcock said.
— Montana Tech Sports Information