TEMPE, Ariz. – Austin Egan finished third and Katie Goins fourth while the Carroll College women’s team finished third overall and the Saints men finished fifth at the Frontier Conference Golf Championship at the ASU Karsten Couse in Tempe, Arizona, Wednesday.
Egan was in contention and led the tournament with nine holes remaining before Lewis-Clark’s Chris Lein, the defending conference individual champion, closed the tournament with four birdies on the back nine to score the low round of the tournament, a 69.
Egan struggled on the final nine holes but still closed out the round in third place. The final round capped the best tournament of his career. The junior scored rounds of 74 and 73 on Monday and Tuesday to keep himself in the mix on the final day.
“Hats off to Austin for grinding it out and putting himself in this position to compete for a championship,” coach Bennet MacIntyre said. “It will be valuable experience as he goes into his senior year ready to lead this team. We are developing a formidable 1-2 punch at the top of the lineup with Austin and freshman Ben Gardner.”
Gardner, who led after Day 1, finished 13th, Justin Galiher finished in 21st, Greg Jones was 23rd and Joseph Potkonjak took 24th.
The Carroll men entered the day in fourth place overall but struggled Wednesday and finished fifth. Lewis-Clark won the team title by 31 strokes over second-place Montana Tech.
On the women’s side, Katie Goins entered the day in a tie for second place, but Eryn Ellis of Rocky Mountain and Allison Kadinger of Lewis-Clark notched their best rounds of the tournament and surpassed Goins for a tie at second-place.
Goins, a senior, finished with a third-round score of 83, to cap off the best overall tournament of her career in her final outing as a Saint.
“I am thrilled for Katie. She really turned it on this spring,” MacIntyre said. “To finish your last conference tournament in the top five is a great way to close it out. She was the Frontier Freshman of the Year four years ago, so it is great to see her finish off her career where it started.”
Gina Kowalchuk of the University of Great Falls won the overall individual championship by 18 strokes.
The Saints had their best round of the tournament Wednesday and earned a third-place finish, 11-shots ahead of fourth-place UGF.
Jaylin Kenney finished 13th overall, Rachel Miles 14th, Gabrielle Jones 17th and Cailin Spencer 21st.
Like the men’s championship, the Lewis-Clark women also won the team title with all five golfers finishing in the Top 10.