SALT LAKE CITY – The Lewis-Clark State College men’s and women’s golf teams both clinched Frontier Conference regular-season titles on Tuesday following the final regular-season event of the season, the first time since 2006 that both topped the league in the same season.
Both Warrior squads entered the tournament at Wingpointe Golf Course ranked No. 16 in the nation and atop the Frontier Conference standings.
The women’s team, led by medalist Heather Bruce, decimated the field on the par-72 course Monday and Tuesday, winning by 32 strokes over second-place Westminster, the host school for the event.
“They shot lights-out,” Warrior coach Paul Thompson said.
Bruce was six-over par after her three rounds of play, shooting 69, 77 and 76 for a total of 222, seven strokes ahead of Westminster’s Jenteal Jackson.
Idah Whisenant (fourth place, 237), Brooke Dagner (fifth place, 238) and Karina Davila (T-sixth, 240), also finished inside the top 10 for the Warriors.
The Warrior men finished second behind host Westminster this weekend, but had enough of a cushion from the first two conference events to hold onto the overall lead in the Frontier Conference standings, ending up six strokes ahead of the Griffins.
“We had a tough day today, but we played better yesterday,” Thompson said. “Westminster was just even better than us on their home course.”
Jason Molner shot a team-best 67 on Tuesday to finish a shot behind leader Dane Jensen (Westminster) for the tournament.
Joel Christensen and Rylee Iacolucci tied for sixth place, and Drew Reinland shot a 219 in the three rounds to place ninth.
The Warriors battled through tough weather conditions Monday and Tuesday, as play during the first day was delayed for nearly 90 minutes due to snow.
Tuesday was bitterly cold, but clear.
“It turned out pretty good,” Thompson said. “We really lucked out.”
The Warriors will now prepare for the Frontier Conference Championships, to be held in two weeks at Larchmont Golf Course in Missoula, Mont.