(Editor’s Note: This is a release from Rocky Mountain College)
BILLINGS – The Rocky Mountain College men’s and women’s golf teams are gearing up for the 2017 Frontier Conference Golf Championships that will be played at the ASU Karsten Golf Club in Tempe Ariz., April 24-26.
The men from Lewis-Clark State College, by virtue of their regular season team title, is considered the early favorite to earn an automatic bid to the upcoming NAIA National Men’s Golf Championship scheduled to be played at TPC Deere Run in Silvas, Ill., May 16-19.
The top individual finisher will also automatically qualify for the national tournament.
According to head coach Aaron Pohle, the Battlin’ Bears have a great chance to bring home some hardware, and are currently playing with a lot of confidence. “I am very pleased with how our team has played this spring,” Pohle said. “I have a lot of confidence in them and am excited to see how we play in Arizona next week.”
Led by sophomore Colton Murphy (Mandan, N.D.), and freshman newcomer Michael Tait (Littleton, Co.), who rank in the NAIA’s top 50 best golfers, the Battlin’ Bears are currently receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 poll for the first time since 2013.
Along with Murphy and Tait, seniors Bobby Anderson (Laurel, Mont.) and Hunter Anderson (Billings, Mont.), as well as sophomore HoTae Kim (New South Wales, Australia) will represent Rocky at the Frontier tournament.
On the women’s side, Rocky Mountain College comes into the Frontier Conference Championship as the favorite after being crowned the regular season champions after the three fall events.
The winning team and top individual finisher will automatically qualify for the NAIA National Women’s Golf Championship that will be played May 23-26, at Savannah Quarters Golf Club in Pooler, Ga.
The Battlin’ Bears won two of the three events in the fall and were 58 shots better through six tournament rounds than second place Lewis-Clark State. “We had a great fall and continued that level of play into this spring,” Pohle said.
Leading the way for the Battlin’ Bears is freshman Hayden Flohr (Billings, Mont.), who won her first collegiate tournament in the fall at the Battlin’ Bears Invitational.
Another championship caliber golfer for the Battlin’ Bears is sophomore Eryn Ellis (Casper, Wyo.), who also won her first collegiate tournament this spring. “Our women have seen a lot of success this season and bring a lot of confidence heading into the conference championship,” Pohle said. “Both Hayden and Eryn rank in the NAIA’s top 100.”
Joining Flohr and Ellis in Arizona will be Morgan O’Neil, a freshman from Laurel, Mont., as well as freshman Emily Aga, who hails from Brainerd, Minn.
“I can’t wait to see how our women play,” Pohle said. “They have worked very hard this spring to get ready for this coming week. I have a lot of confidence in this group.”
The men’s and women’s Frontier tournament, that begins with a practice round on Sunday, April 23, will include: Rocky Mountain College, Carroll College, the University of Great Falls, Montana Tech, Lewis-Clark State and Montana State-Northern. The first round begins Monday, April 24 with a shot gun start at 7:30 a.m.
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