LAS VEGAS – Michael Tait fired a second-round 3-under 69, giving him a two-day total of 10-under 134 to beat the field by nine shots and lead Rocky Mountain College to the team title at the Winona State Warrior Invitational Tuesday at Stallion Mountain Golf Club in Las Vegas.
Rocky shot 578 over the two days, beating the host Warriors by 13 shots. Colton Murphy finished tied for seventh after back-to-back 1-over 73’s, with Mitchell Thiessen just one shot behind after a second round 2-over 74 for a 147 total.
The MSU Billings men slipped from third after round one to seventh. Garrett Woodin made an even-par on the final day to finish tied for 15th place overall, shooting a two-round score of 149 (77-72) on the par-72, 7,152-yard course.
Fellow sophomore Caleb Stetzner tied for 18th place, after notching a two-round total of 150 (73-77).
MSUB’s women meanwhile held on to second place after cutting four strokes off their first round score Tuesday. The Jackets had three total players finish in the top-10 in the tournament, which was played on a par-72, 5,929-yard course layout.
“We had a great second round today at Stallion Mountain,” commented MSUB assistant coach Marcus Drange. “Our women did a great job adjusting to the course after playing it for a few days. Today was a good day for scoring and we were consistent with a lot of pars. Improving on an already solid first round is hard to do, especially during this part of our season. I am extremely proud of this team to come out of a very snowy winter and finish as runner-up in our first tournament. This is a great boost to our team as we head into the middle of our spring season, and I look for our women to continue to play great golf.”
Senior Bailee Dexter led the Yellowjackets, finishing in a tie for fifth place with a two-round score of 157 (78-79). Behind Dexter was freshman Renae Heisler who tied for seventh place as she totaled a score of 159 (78-81).
Also in the top-10 for the ‘Jackets was junior Shealyn Hafer, who jumped up four spots on Tuesday by shooting a 79 and finishing with a 160 (81-79).
MSUB’s biggest mover was senior Sammy Walter, who shook off an 88 on Monday and posted the team’s best round of the tournament with a 75 on Tuesday. Walter tied for 17th place with her two-round score of 163.