BUTTE — The Orediggers’ Sean Benson is arguably the top golfer in the Frontier Conference.
The Billings native has finished in the top three in all three Frontier Conference tournaments, including a win at the MSU-Northern Invitational. He’s getting prepared for the fourth and final tournament of the season, the conference championship, set to be played in Arizona at the end of April. The conference tournament comes six months after the last conference matches.
“It’s kind of tough because, at the end of the season, you want to take a little break off from golf,” Benson explained. “But you don’t want to take too much of a break off, because you want to keep your swing where it’s at (and) you want to keep your putting stroke grooved.”
Benson and Tech haven’t been able to get outside, but for the first time the team is using a newly-purchased Skytracker simulator to stay fresh before they depart to Tempe.
“It’s huge, having the facility that we do here,” Benson said. “I feel like it keeps my game at the right spot.”
The technology is complex, but the process is simple.
“It’s the name of the game right now. I mean, you have to have that kind of technology,” explained head coach, Lee LaBreche.
Benson is taking full advantage as he closes in on a Frontier title, spending upwards of three hours at a time with the Skytracker and the putting tools.
“Out of all the products on the market, we felt like this was the best one for our needs and the best one that offered the highest technology,” Benson said.
The junior was already a favorite to win the conference crown, but with six months of extra practice, expect to see him high on the leaderboard.