Rachel Miles hit a career low 78 to lead the Carroll College women's golf team to third-place position in day one of the Carroll College Classic at Green Meadow Country Club on Monday.
The Saints combined for a 326, knocking 40 strokes off of the team total from the best round at the MSU-Northern Invite a week ago in Shelby.
Miles is in a four-way tie for fifth overall, six shots off of leader Karina Davila of Lewis-Clark.
"Rachel really showed what she could do last year at the conference tournament and she continues to improve," head coach Bennett MacIntyre said. "She is emerging as a leader on the team and she has the opportunity to be great for us this season."
Jaylin Kenny is second for the Saints and tied for 11th overall with an 82 while Katie Goins and Lexi Pyette are tied for 13th with a score of 83.
"Katie is really getting back into form and if she works hard she will nowhere but up," MacItyre said. "The scores from Jaylin and Lexi are impressive. They haven't had any time to commit to golf because of their other sports. It is really exciting to see them play that way after not putting in much time with a club in their hands."
The Warriors lead the tournament with a team score of 305, followed by Rocky Mountain with a 320. Carroll is in third, followed by the University of Great Falls with a 375, MSU Northern at 407 and Montana Tech at 421.
"I am excited about our score," MacIntyre said. "A 326 is a great score for us, especially at this point in the season. Tomorrow will be another battle but we are in the mix with LC and Rocky, it should be fun."
The Carroll men’s team are in fourth after playing two rounds Monday.
The Saints were led by Justin Galiher, who had the low round of the tournament in his second round to move into a tie at tenth place in the individual rankings.
“It was awesome to see him settle in and get back into the mix,” head coach Bennett MacIntyre said. “Sometimes that is hard to do but he battled in his second round, shot one under on the front nine and got hot on the back nine shot the low round of the tournament.”
Galiher was in 25th place after round one of the tournament but stormed back with a 67 in the second round to finish with a two-round score of 146.
Michael Lavin finished 16th with a 71 in the first run and a 78 in the second round to finish with a score of 149. Austin Egan was third for the Saints with a 76 in both rounds for a 152 and sits in a tie for 22nd.
Greg Jones hit 80 in the first round and improved to 74 in the second round, good enough for a 154, and is in a tie for 25th place overall. Freshman Tommy Tirrell hit an 80 in the first round and a 78 in the second for a 158 to a tie for 35th place.
The Saints improved from 306 in the first round to 295 in the second for a total of 601, one behind Montana Tech.
“It was great to see a lot of improvement,” MacIntyre said. “But a lot of the other teams made some big strides as well so we need to start hot tomorrow and play well throughout. I would love to see another big jump to close the tournament out.”
Lewis-Clark leads the tournament with a 571 overall. The Warriors scored a 278 in the second round with three players under par.
Rocky Mountain is second with 593, followed by Montana Tech, Carroll and UGF all within three strokes of each other.
The Carroll JV team is in sixth place at 642, MSU-Northern is seventh with a 723 and Miles Community College rounded out the team standings with a team score of 747.