Sean Benson extends Frontier lead to seven shots

Sean Benson extends Frontier lead to seven shots

PHOENIX — Sean Benson is 18 holes away from becoming a Frontier Conference champion.

The Montana Tech senior fired a 2-under-par 70 Tuesday at the  Papago Golf Course to extend his individual lead at the Frontier Conference Championships to seven shots.

Benson, a Billings native, shot a 1-under 71 to open the tournament and will take a 3-under 141 into Wednesday’s final round. (Men’s results, women’s results)

Jonny Cielak of the University of Providence sits in second place at 148 after back-to-back 74s.  Reece Nielson of Rocky Mountain College is third a 149, followed by Devin Bray of MSU-Northern and Michael Tate of Rocky at 152.

Rocky’s men hold a two-shot lead over the Orediggers in the team race. Rocky followed Monday’s 302 with a 307 for a 609. Tech, which also shot 302 in the opening round, shot 309 and takes a 611 into Wednesday.

Lewis-Clark State College is third at 621, followed by Providence at 625, Carroll at 640 and Northern at 685.

Oredigger Sean Ramsbacher is tied for eighth place on the individual leaderboard. He sot an 81 after Monday’s 74. Jimmy Amundson of Tech is tied for 11th at 156 following consecutive 78s. Tech’s Trey Hoagland shot an 80 for a 159, while Bridger Martin shot 84 for a 165.

Montana Tech’s women held steady at third place. The Orediggers improved 16 shots for a 357 on Day 2 for a 730 total.

Rocky leads at 643 following Tuesday’s 319. Lewis-Clark State is second at 671. Providence is fourth place at 745, followed by Carroll at 751 and Northern at 809.

Eryn Ellis of Rocky improved one shot for a 76 to take the individual lead into Wednesday at 153. She is one shot better than L-C State’s Marissa Louder, who also shot a second-round 76. Four Rocky players — Hayden Flohr, Amanda Conner and Morgan O’Neill — are tied for third at 164.

Tanna Campbell and Hailey Ogolin both shot a 94 to lead the Orediggers on Tuesday. Campbell is tied for 11th at 179, while Ogolin sits in 15th place at 183.

Ashton McCloskey of Tech improved 12 shots for an 87. She is tied for 16th at 186. Kelsey Parker of Tech jumped down five shots for a 92 and a 189, while Lynzee Dexter hit 100 for 192.

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