Montana Tech women slip to third place
EAGLE, Idaho — Montana Tech’s men’s golf team sits in second place, while the Oredigger women fell to third Monday during the Frontier Conference Championships at a cold-and-windy DanBury Golf Club.
“I thought we battled really well for about 15 holes, and then didn’t finish very strong,” Tech coach Sean Ryan said. “It was a very difficult day out there and with the cold weather and the wind.”
After trailing by three strokes after the first round, the Oredigger men are now 19 strokes behind leader Rocky Mountain. The Battlin’ Bears shot plus 9 Monday, while the Oredigger men finished with plus 25 for the round.
Mitchell Thiessen continues to lead the men’s field shooting a 70 for the second day straight and is at 2 under par at 140. Oredigger senior Sean Rambacher shot a second-round 76 for a 147 total. He is tied with Rocky’s Jacob Johnson for second place at 5 over.
Tech’s Isaiah Weldon sits in fifth at 152, which is one shot better than teammate Matt Hobbs. Tech’s Jhett Braley is tied for ninth at 156.
Rocky also leads the women’s team scoring with a plus 96. Carroll College moved into second at plus 114, which is four shots better than Tech’s plus 118.
Valentina Zuleta of Rocky fired a second-round 73 and leads the individual race at 142.
Tech’s Emily Kelly is still in fourth place after a second-round 87. She sits at 167. Teammates Franchi Ceartin and Sami Benson are in a three-way tie for sixth place at 172. Tech’s Cierra Sundheim is tied for eighth at 175.
“We’ve set ourselves back a bit today, but we aren’t out of it,” Ryan said. “We just need to play smart golf, keep the ball in play, and grind everything out. I think this group really want to prove they can play better than how they finished today.”
Tuesday’s final round is set to begin Tuesday with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start.