Rocky Mountain College extended its lead at the men’s and women’s Frontier Conference Golf Championships in Tempe, Arizona, on Tuesday.
The men finished the second day with a 10-stroke lead, gaining nine strokes after holding just a one-stroke lead over Lewis-Clark State on Monday. The Battlin’ Bears shot the best round of the championship on Tuesday, carding a 287.
Lewis-Clark State remained in second with a team round of 296 for a 595 total entering the final round on Wednesday.
Montana Tech claimed No. 3 on the scoreboard, shooting the second best round on Tuesday with a 292, 26 strokes better than their first round. The big day allowed the Orediggers to overtake Carroll College.
The Saints shot 311 and sit in fourth, while Providence shot 309 and 389 to remain in fifth and sixth, respectively.
Montana Tech’s Sean Ramsbacher had the best round on Tuesday, shooting a four-under-par 68. It was a major turnaround for Ramsbacher, who turned in an 80 on day one.
The improved play puts him at sixth and just three strokes behind Rocky Mountain’s Colton Murphy and Mitchell Thiessen, who are tied at one-over par, 145.
Carroll College’s Greg Jones, the leader on day one with a 70, sits in tied for fourth place after shooting a 77 on Tuesday.
Seven strokes separate the top 10 at ASU Karsten Golf Course.
Rocky improved on its lead, finding another nine strokes to hold an 18-stroke lead after two rounds of play. The Battlin’ Bears shot 321 on Tuesday and have shot 650 for the championship.
Every team on the women’s side improved by at least eight strokes and maintained their spots on the leaderboard.
Lewis-Clark State sits in second with a total score of 668. Montana Tech is in third at 722. Carroll College is fourth at 727 and Providence (777) and Montana State-Northern (820) are well off in fifth and sixth.
Marissa Louder of Lewis-Clark State had a nice turnaround on Day 2, shooting the lowest out of the field at two-over-par, 74. She posted an 83 on the first day, but now owns a share of the lead with Rocky Mountain College’s Hayden Flohr.
Louder was one of only two golfers to shoot in the 70s on the women’s side. Morgan O’Neill of Rocky Mountain College carded a 79.
The final round tees off Wednesday morning.