Jackie Mee closed out day with a two-over 75 and a one-stroke lead to lead the Carroll women to a second-place 333 on the first day of the MSU Billings Yellowjack Invite at the Pryor Creek-Elmer Links.
"I am thrilled in the way that Jackie played to start her senior year," head golf coach Bennett MacIntyre said. "She is in a great position and that is without a lot of practice. She is hitting the ball well and making some great puts, but she'll have her work cut out for her tomorrow with this field."
As a team the Saints hit a 333, lower than their season average without having the opportunity to play because the courses in Helena have only opened recently.
"I am pleasantly surprised with where we are at because only because we just haven't been able to play," MacIntyre said. "Most of these teams in this field have played multiple tournaments so I am pretty happy with these results."
Two other players surprised with their performance on the first day of competition -- Jaylin Kenny and Kara Osterback. Kenny hit an 88 to tie for 14th place. She also plays for the first-year Saints softball team. When she's playing softball she bats left handed, but when she golfs she swings right handed.
"I had to remind her at the beginning of the day that we count swings in golf," MacIntyre said. "All joking aside she did played very well and really helped us bring our team score down."
Osterback tied her career low round with an 85 to tie for 10th place.
"Kara had a great day," MacIntyre said. "She is a senior and she worked really hard to make herself better. It was really great to see her put up such a good round, especially this early in the season."
MSU-northern led the team scores with a 313 and Rocky Mountain is in third place with a 330.
On the men's side Carroll is in third place with a 307 behind MSU-Billings and Rocky Mountain, who are tied at 292.
Justin Galiher leads the Saints with a one-over 73 which puts him in a three-way tied for third place.
"Justin had a great day," MacIntyre said. "He is our fifth guy and he really played great for not having played a lot this spring. The rest of the team is pretty rusty, Colin Gunstream and Connor Hausauerplayed about where I expected them to this early in the season."
Despite trailing 15 strokes on the team leader board, MacIntyre is happy with the performance.
"We made a lot of mistakes today but they were mistakes I'm not that worried about," MacIntyre said. "We just need some more time on the course and these things will work themselves out. It'll all clean up with reps. I think we can make up some ground tomorrow."
The tournament closes out tomorrow.