(Editor’s note: Montana State University press release)
FRESNO, California – Montana State rebounded from a tough opening 18 holes to complete its best round of the season as the Bobcat golf team completed first day action at the Fresno State Classic on Monday, April 1, at Copper River Country Club.
The Bobcats began the day by shooting 311 as a team in the first round. MSU responded with a second-round score of 293 strokes to finish the day with a total of 604. The Bobcats’ second round tally is the fifth best in program history and best 18-hole score of the season.
“I’m very happy about our second record and how we fought until the end,” Montana State head coach Brittany Basye said. “We had a good amount of bodies and that’s important. I’m proud of all of them for keeping it together and making a comeback.”
The Bobcats are currently 12th in the team standings. UC Davis leads the tournament field at 570 through two rounds.
Junior Delaney Elliott and freshman Sofia Rodriguez Todd each led MSU through the first 18 holes as the two each shot a 3-over-par 75. It was a whole team effort in the second round.
Juniors Kelly Hooper and Coral Schulz improved in round two as the duo each carded 71s. Freshman Lucia Prieto Romano also had a big impact as she shot a second-round 75. Rodriguez Todd carded a 76 and Elliott fired a 78 to end play Monday.
Hooper and Rodriguez Todd are tied for 39th overall at 7-over 151 heading into Tuesday’s final 18 holes. Elliott and Schulz are tied for 48th at 153 strokes and Prieto Romano rounds out the Bobcat lineup at 156.
“Kelly and Coral really found their games and played great,” Basye said. “They all battled out there and it shows with the 293. Tomorrow we need to continue with how we ended today.”
Christine Danielsson leads the individual standings sitting at 4-under 140. She’s followed by three golfers tied at 3-under 141.
Montana State returns to the course to tee off for the final 18 holes of action at the Fresno State Classic 9:45 a.m. Tuesday in Fresno.