LCSC men hang on to win own conference tourney
LEWISTON, Idaho – The Lewis-Clark State College men and the Rocky Mountain College women both hung on to win team titles on Tuesday during LCSC’s portion of the Frontier Conference Tournament, which was held at the Lewiston Country Club.
The conference tournament is composed of six 54-hole tournaments – three held in the fall and three in the spring – and the combined team scores from each tournament are added together to determine an overall champion.
Tuesday’s final 18 holes wrapped up the first tournament of the spring and saw both the LCSC men and RMC women add to their overall leads.
The LCSC men shot a final round of 311 during another day of cold and windy conditions on the hilly par-72 LCC course. Rocky Mountain had the best score of the day at 303, but came up one shot short in trying to overtake the Warriors. LCSC finished with a 918 team score, while RMC had a 919.
LCSC sophomore Connor McCracken was the only player to break par on Tuesday with a 69. McCracken also had a 71 in the opening 18 holes on Monday to own two of the three under-par rounds in the tournament. McCracken led the Warriors with a 54-hole total of 221.
However, it was McCracken’s teammate not on the Warrior starting five who actually won medalist honors. Ben House of Lewiston fired a final round of even-par 72 to finish at 217.
In the overall team standings after four tournaments, LCSC holds a 58-shot lead over Rocky Mountain, which moved into second place, two shots ahead of Montana Tech.
On the women’s side, Rocky Mountain was able to hold off LCSC, although the Warriors did gain eight strokes on Tuesday. RMC finished with a 328, its lowest 18-hole round, for a 993 total, while LCSC also had its lowest round with a 320, to finish five shots back at 999. Carroll was a distant third, 100 shots behind LCSC.
RMC’s Jen Orchard won medalist honors as she fired the top round in Tuesday’s play with a 75 for a 237 total. LCSC’s Cortney Shrout was next at 244 and had one of three scores in the 70s on Tuesday with a 78. LCSC’s Juanita Villa added a 77 and was next for LCSC at 247.
Rocky now has a 26-shot lead over LCSC with the two tournaments remaining – next Monday and Tuesday in Salt Lake City with Westminster as the host, and then on April 27-28 at Great Falls.
Team scores – 1, Lewis-Clark State 294-313-311–918. 2, Rocky Mountain 311-305-303–919. 3, Montana Tech 319-338-310–957, 4, Carroll 322-328-310–960. 5, Westminster 337-330-339–1,006. 6, Montana Western 342-330-337–1,009. 7, Great Falls 352-355-358–1,065.
Lewis-Clark State – Connor McCracken 71-81-69–221, Chris Kneen 76-74-79–229, Nik Arrenbrecht 72-79-85–236, Scott Mooney 75-79-79–233, Patrick Casabonne 81-82-84–247.
Rocky Mountain – Kevin Oden 73-77-76–226, Conner Rakowski 80-73-74–227, Bjorn Otteson 78-76-76–230, DJ Kovach 80-79-77–236, Jacob Richards 87-81-78–246.
Montana Tech – Wes Southard 78-83-76–237, Ty Wengel 79-83-78–240, Chris Connors 82-80-78–240, Patrick O’Rourke 82-82-76-240, Curtis Blake 80-87-80–247.
Carroll – Matthew Sewell 82-78-78–238, Jim Mee 81-82-77–240, Marcus Geer 82-82-77–241, Ben McIsaac 78-86-78-242, Adam Benson 81-87-78–246.
Westminster – Matthew Stern 82-79-88–249, Bryce Till 85-82-83-250, Christopher Ames 83-87-82–252, Nick Cruz 87-82-87–256, M. Babson 97-91-87–275.
Montana Western – Brand Job 84-76-81–241, John Coryell 79-82-79–240, Brian Pfeifer 89-84-86–259, Jimmy Stoker 90-92-91–273, B randon Coryell 104-88-95–287.
Great Falls – Josh Wittman 81-84-84–249, Lance Wilson 85-82-94–261, Hunter Schneider 86-85-91–262, Kurtis Burrall 100-104-89–293.
Individuals – Ben House, LCSC, 76-69-72–217, Chris Jarrett, LCSC, 76-81-75–232, John Galt, RMC, 80-78-75–233,Andrew Cifala, Carroll 79-79-78–236, Tom Meyer, RMC, 81-80-81–242, Jake Ammerman, MT, 78-86-81–245, Danny Kane, MT, 81-86-83–250, Todd Truscott, RMC, 87-85-79–251, Tyler Lamb, MT, 81-95-83–259, Jason Schumacher, UMW, 88-95-90–273.
Team scores – 1, Rocky Mountain 330-335-328–993, 2, Lewis-Clark State 350-328-320–998, 3, Carroll 365-377-356–1,098., 4, Montana Tech 402-401-396–1,196, 5, Westminster 506-480-483–1,469. 6, Great Falls 486-488-502–1,476, Montana Western (404-WD) and Montana State-Northern had incomplete team scores.
Rocky Mountain – Jen Orchard 81-81-75–237, Rachel Hosterman 76-85-88–249, Teresa Schlomer 85-83-81–249, E. Schlomer 88-86-84–258, Lindsey Holzwarth 92-94-91–277.
Lewis-Clark State– Cortney Shrout 87-79-78–244, Juanita Villa 86-84-77–247, Katie Fuqua 87-81-84–252, Madeline Jarrett 91-84-81–257, Chantelle Beveridge 90-84-85–259.
Carroll – Emily Slayton 82-89-87–258, Meghan Innes 86-89-81–256, Matea daRosa 97-97-95–289, Casey Smith 101-95-95–291, Stephanie Martinez 100-104-93–297.
Montana Tech – Whitney Lamb 91-90-92–273, Liz Hall 97-107-96–300, Allie Brown 102-105-103–310, Kayla Schumacher 112-101-102–315, Dannielle Hall 113-105-110–328.
Westminster – Shonti Breisch 120-115-109–344, Jesika Holton 123-105-123–351, Jessica Roestenburg 128-121-116–365, Tawnee Espinoza 135-139-135-409.
Great Falls – Stephanie Hanson 101-102-115–318, Megan Delaurentis 124-116-128–368, Sami Pack 126-125-124–375, L. Saunders 135-145-135–415.
Montana Western – Shayla Couture 93-90-86–249, Sydnee Crosser 94-90-92–276, Meghan Rose 97-95-105–297, Kayla Couture 120-WD.
Montana State-Northern – Ali Ward 88-88-85–261, Danielle Dirden 109-120-112–341.
Individiuals – Alana Norris, LCSC, 80-86-88–254, Jordan Knapp, LCSC, 89-89-81–259, Brittney Wheeler, LCSC, 89-91-85–265, Sue James, LCSC, 89-91-87–267, Katie Sauvageau, RMC, 95-89-91–275, Ariana McElrath, Carroll, 101-92-92–285, Charlie Knowlton, RMC, 98-94-94–286.