(Editor’s Note: Montana State University athletics release)
COEUR d’ALENE, Idaho – The Montana State women’s golf team improved by eight strokes during the second round to complete The Challenge at Coeur d’Alene Golf Resort on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Coeur d’Alene Golf Course second place in the team standings.
The Bobcats followed up its first-round score of 309 with a second-round tally of 301 to finish the 36-hole tournament with a 610. MSU finished eight strokes ahead of Montana (618) and 28 strokes ahead of Idaho State (638), while host Eastern Washington won the team tournament title with a 593 (296-297).
Junior Coral Schulz put together MSU’s best second round score by firing a 1-over-par 73. Senior Clare Dittemore followed Schulz and carded a 2-over 74. Schulz and Dittemore finished tied for fifth in the individual standings with an 8-over 152 over two days.
Spokane, Wash., native Kelly Hooper tied for third after completing her final round with a 4-over 76. Hooper finished the tournament at 149 strokes to lead the Bobcats.
Junior Delaney Elliott registered back-to-back rounds of 79 and 78 to tie for 13th with a 157. Lilly Navarre tied for 19th with a 162 to round out the MSU lineup.
Freshmen Hailey Oster and Sofia Rodriguez tied for 19th individually with 162 strokes. Lucia Prieto Romano placed 26th overall at 173.
“Coral, Clare, Kelly and Delaney all played consistent,” Montana State head coach Brittany Basye said. “That’s what we are looking for. I’m proud of the team for holding the second position and fighting until the end. We played the last three holes coming down the stretch pretty well.
“We really need to work on our putting and chipping. If we can knock one or two more putts in per round that would be nice for confidence and team score.”
The Montana State golf team travels to Aurora, Ore., to compete in the Rose City Collegiate next from Oct. 1-2.