TEMPE, Ariz. — Montana Tech junior Sean Benson is five shots out of the lead after the first round of the Frontier Conference Championships at Arizona State’s Karsten Golf Course.
Benson, a Billings Senior graduate, shot a 3-over-par 75 Monday, the first day of the 54-hole event. He followed a 39 with a 36 on the back nine. He sits in a tie for sixth place.
Greg Jones of Carroll College leads the way at 70. Jones shot 31 on the front nine. He holds a one-shot lead over Tucker Keyes of Lewis-Clark State College. Michael Tait and Colin Murphy of Rocky Mountain College follow at 72 and 73.
Rocky tops the men’s leaderboard at 298, which is one shot better that LC State. Carroll is third at 307, followed by Tech at 318, Providence-Great Falls at 320 and MSU-Northern at 402.
Tech’s Trey Hoagland, a Butte High graduate, is tied for 12th place after a 78, while Sean Ramsbacher is in 17th with an 80. Also for Tech, Ryan Keenan shot 85, and Jimmy Amundson hit 93.
Rocky also leads the women’s race after a first-round 329. LC State is second at 338, followed by Tech at 367, Carroll at 369, Providence at 400, and MSU-Northern at 419.
LC State’s Kayla Monroe and Rocky’s Hayden Flohr are tie for first at 77. Rocky’s Anna DeMars and LC State’s Blake Greenup are tied for third at 82.
Lynzee Dexter’s 90 led the Orediggers on Day 1. Taryn Campbell hit 91, while Kelsey Parker shot 92, Tanna Campbell hit 94, and Butte High grad Hailey Ogolin shot 95.
The three-day tournament resumes Tuesday morning.