WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Sean Ramsbacher had to settle for second place at the Walla Wall Invitational.
The Montana Tech senior golfer matched par with a 72 on the final round of the 54-hole tournament Tuesday at the Wine Valley Golf Course. After rounds of 71 and 70 on Monday, Ramsbacher’s 3-under-par total of 213 was one shot behind medalist Carlos Davila of Lewis-Clark State College. (Men’s results; women’s results)
Davila carded a final-round 70. Andrew Webb of Bushnell University placed third at 214.
On the tournament, the Oredigger men placed third in team standings. The Tech women placed fourth.
“I thought we played really well for the tournament for both our men and women,” Tech coach Sean Ryan said. “Obviously early in the spring season we’re going to have shots get away from us, but we are getting better every round.
“Our men took third against some really talented teams and had three rounds under 300 for the first time this spring.”
The Oredigger men followed rounds of 293 and 299 with a final-round 295 for an 887 total. Lewis-Clark State, which shot 285 on Tuesday, won with an 861. Multnomah University placed second at 884.
Tech beat Bushnell University by one shot.
Ramsbacher was one of three Orediggers to place in the top 10 on the men’s side.
“Sean had some bad breaks during his rollercoaster round, but he was able to keep it together and post a solid score,” Ryan said.
Oredigger Isaiah Weldon shot a 73 for a 220 total, which was good for sixth place. Matt Hobbs played his best round of the tournament Tuesday, firing a 72 for a 221, which was good for a tie for seventh.
Tech’s Jace Rhodes shot a 233, and Jhett Braley shot 238. Both hit a 78 on the final round.
“Isaiah and Matt did a great job posting good numbers for the team and keeping us in it,” Ryan said. “Matt hit the ball incredibly well, but just couldn’t make a putt today. His round could’ve easily been in the 60s if he rolled it a little better.”
Lewis-Clark State also won on the women’s side, finishing with a 653. The Warriors shot 323 on Tuesday.
Corban University finished second at 655, Whitworth placed third at 674, and the Orediggers shot 698. Tech hit a final-round 355 after Monday’s 343.
Deana Caruso of Lewis-Clark State won the individual titla at 157, edging Corban’s Delainey Rez and Kelly Dunn by one shot. Caruso and Rez each shot a final-round 76.
Kayla Currie of Lewis-Clark State placed fourth at 159 after a final-round 75.
Tech’s Sami Benson, who owned a share of the first-round lead, shot an 88 for a 168 and 12th place. Teammate Emily Kelly shot an 84 for a 170 and a tie for 13th place.
“Emily played great for the team today and yesterday,” Ryan said. “Sami had a really rough start, but weathered it to finish the tournament well.”
Tech’s Kennedy Lean and Cierra Sundheim each finished at 182. Franchi Ceartin shot 186.
“I think our ladies are right on the brink of posting some great scores,” Ryan said.
The April 11-13 Frontier Conference Championship is up next for the Orediggers. Tech travels to Eagle, Idaho for the final conference meet at the Branbury Golf Course.