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Kylie Esh eagles to lead Montana Grizzlies' golf at Rose City Collegiate

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Posted at 11:57 AM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-02 13:57:46-04

(Editor's note: University of Montana athletics release)

AURORA, Ore. -- The Montana women’s golf team closed the Rose City Collegiate with a final-round 317 on Tuesday at the Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora, Ore.

The Grizzlies, who had rounds of 319 and 313 on Monday, finished 11th in the 12-team field.

Highlights on Tuesday included Faith D’Ortenzio’s 75, one stroke off her best collegiate score, a third straight round in the 70s for Brooklyn Van Bebber and Kylie Esh’s eagle 2 on the 322-yard No. 4.

Esh’s eagle came after a wayward drive to the right left her 138 yards from the pin. Playing her 7-iron, Esh’s second shot bounced once and rolled into the cup.

D’Ortenzio’s 75 was one stroke shy of the 74 she carded last spring in the third round of the Red Rocks Invitational in Cornville, Ariz.

D’Ortenzio opened Tuesday’s round with seven consecutive pars to get her day rolling and was 1-over through 15 holes before taking bogeys on two of her final three holes.

Van Bebber was the lone Grizzly to play all three rounds of the tournament in the 70s. She was competing as an individual, however, meaning her scores were not applied to Montana’s team total.

After going 79-79 on Monday, Van Bebber got off to slow start on Tuesday, carding a bogey on her first six holes. But she locked in and played her final 12 holes at even par, with one birdie offsetting a bogey.

Esh (77-75-80), who tied for 26th, was Montana’s top finisher. Van Bebber (79-79-78) and D’Ortenzio (79-82-75) both tied for 40th.

No other Grizzlies cracked the top 50 in the 70-player field.

Allison Sobol (78-80-82) tied for 52nd, Teigan Avery (82-81-78) finished 54th, Tricia Joyce (85-76-85) took 63rd, Emmy Sundby (83-83-81) 64th and Jessica Ponce (86-83-80) 67th.

Avery and Sundy joined Van Bebber as Montana golfers competing as individuals.

Eastern Washington’s Madalyn Ardueser (70-69-76), a senior from Eugene, Ore., won the individual title by four strokes. Seven players from the Big Sky Conference were in the top 10.

Cal State Fullerton (289-296-301) held the team lead after 18 holes and maintained that advantage through Tuesday afternoon.

The Titans were six strokes better than Portland State (293-301-298), 10 clear of Seattle (302-297-297).

Montana will host the Griz Match Play Challenge on Friday and Saturday at the Missoula Country Club.

Montana will face Montana State on Friday beginning at 9 a.m. At the same time, Idaho State and Eastern Washington will square off.

Friday’s winners will play at 9 a.m. on Saturday, as will Friday’s non-winners.

All four teams competed at the Rose City Collegiate. Eastern Washington (303-304-305) finished fifth, Montana State (316-307-306) tied for eighth and Idaho State (329-307-321) placed 12th.