(RMC Athletics release)
GLENEDEN BEACH, Ore. – The No. 8 RMC women’s golf team overcame a first-round deficit to win the Coastal Collegiate Classic held on Monday and Tuesday at the Salishan Golf Links. The seven-team field played 36 holes over two rounds on the par-71 layout.
Rocky trailed 24th-ranked Lewis-Clark State by three strokes after shooting 316 during Monday’s first round. The Battlin’ Bears would shoot 322 during a cold and wet second round to finish at 638 and rally by their Frontier Conference rival by seven strokes.
The Battlin’ Bears made 92 pars in the two rounds – 18 more than the next closest team – and they carded 10 birdies. Rocky led the field by averaging 3.43 strokes on the par-3 holes and 4.60 strokes on the par-4 holes. The team also averaged 5.53 strokes on the par-5 holes.
Eryn Ellis tied for second after shooting 157 to lead the Battlin’ Bears. After sitting in seventh after an opening round 80, Ellis shot 77 on Tuesday – the low round of the day – to climb five positons in the final rankings. Ellis tied for the tournament lead with 22 pars and she finished the event by shooting 1-over on the par-5 holes.
Morgan O’Neil shot 161 to place tied for fifth. She tied for the tournament lead at 7-over on the par-4 holes and she led Rocky with four birdies. O’Neil went 79-82 in the two rounds and made 16 pars.
Anna DeMars finished seventh after shooting 162. She was in fourth after an opening round 76, but she took 86 strokes on Tuesday to slip three positions. DeMars led the team at 2-over on the par-3 holes and she carded 20 pars.
Hayden Flohr used a second round 78 to finish eighth with 163 strokes. She finished with 19 pars and was 2-over on the par-3 holes.
Amanda Conner tied for ninth after shooting 166. She finished 3-over on the par-5 holes.
Emily Aga finished tied for 11th playing as an individual.
Bethany Bullers of Corban won the event by shooting 152, including a first round 70.
The 16th-ranked Rocky Mountain College men’s golf team came away with a second-place finish at the tournament. The 16-team field featured five ranked teams and two others receiving votes playing 54 holes on the par-71 course.
Rocky would finish the week with 870 strokes to place 11 strokes off the pace of the tournament leader, No. 3 Texas Wesleyan. The Battlin’ Bears fought through the cold and wet conditions to record rounds of 292, 290 and 288.
The Battlin’ Bears led the field with 166 pars during the three rounds. Rocky added 41 birdies – second in the field – and they carded one eagle. They averaged 4.17 strokes on the par-4 holes and 3.25 on the par-3 holes.
Mitchell Thiessen led Rocky with a third-place finish after shooting 211 for the week. Thiessen opened the tournament with a 68 in the opening round before shooting 73 and 70. He was second in the field with 40 pars and shot 2-under on the par-3 holes and 1-under on the par-4 holes.
Colton Murphy shot 213 to tie for fourth. After battling for a 75 in the first round, Murphy shot matching rounds of 69 to close the week. His 12 birdies led the team and he finished 1-under on the par-3 holes.
Michael Tait recorded 216 strokes to place tied for seventh. Tait led the team on the par-5 holes by scoring 3-under. He made 32 pars and notched an eagle on the par-5 10th hole during the third round.
HoTae Kim used a 235 to finish tied for 38th. His best round of the week was a 75 in the second round.
Reece Nilsen tied for 58th after shooting 240. His week started with a 78 in the first round.
Schaefer Paladichuk tied for 48th playing as an individual with a final score of 238.
Leo Mathard of Texas Wesleyan won the individual title with his 11-under 202, including a final round 63.