SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah — The Montana Tech men’s golf team sits in fifth place after the first two rounds of a Frontier Conference tournament hosted by Westminster College at Talons Cove Golf Club.
The men played 36 holes on Monday, while the women played 18. Both will play 18 on Tuesday, the final day of the tournament. The Oredigger women didn’t have enough players for a team score.
Lewis-Clark State leads on the men’s and women’s side. The Warrior men followed a 292 with a 281 for a 3-under-par 573. Westminster is nine shots back at 582. Rocky Mountain College is third at 600, followed by Carroll College at 606, Montana Tech at 631, Great Falls at 699 and MSU-Northern at 791.
Cole Lorenzo of Lewis-Clark State shot back-to-back 69s on the par-72 course for a 6-under 138 to lead the individual standings. Teammate Tanner Priest is three back after a 71 and 70. Rocky’s Daniel Thompsett sits in third at 2 under, while Andrew Poulson is fourth at 1 under.
Carroll’s Colin Gunstream sits in seventh place at 146.
Montana Tech’s David Starcevich followed a first-round 80 with a 74 and sits in a tie for 17th place at 154. Lee Paulson shot 78-80 for the Orediggers, while Sean Ryan hit 80-78, Carson Brown shot 85-76, and Alec Schull shot 87-80.
The Orediggers improved 15 shots in the second round for a 308.
Tech coach Lee LaBreche said he was pleased with his team’s second round.
“They all improved in the second round,” LaBreche said. “Were not in the top echelon yet, but they all improved. That made me feel better.”
On the women’s side, Lewis-Clark State leads the way at 320 after the first day. Rocky is second at 332, followed by Westminster at 337, Carroll at 344, Great Falls at 365 and MSU Northern at 443.
Rocky’s Kayla Clancy leads the individual standings with a 75. Karina Davila of LC State is second at 76, followed by Gina Kowolchuk of Great Falls at 77 and Ashley Dechant of Westminster at 78.
Danielle McCully shot an 83 to lead Montana Tech, which had three women compete in the tournament.