HELENA — The Carroll College men’s golf team finished second at the Carroll Invite on Tuesday.
“Our men had a great tournament, set some team scoring records and were in contention on the final nine holes just three shots back,” coach Ben MacIntyre said. "Sometimes you just have to congratulate your opponent when they go out and do something that spectacular. Rocky had an amazing tournament.”
Ben Gardner and Joseph Potkonjak both shot 70, two under-par, to lead the Saints on the third and final round.
Gardner went 68, 70, 70 for a three round total 208, which was good for fifth place overall.
Potkonjak finished in a tie for sixth, shooting 68, 72, 70 for a total of 210.
Stephen Santora finished in a tie for 10th with a three round total of 213.
Greg Jones put up 220 over his three rounds for the Saints, and Austin Egan shot a 221.
“We want to continue to get better every day and be ready to peak at the conference championships in April,” MacIntyre said.
Rocky Mountain won the overall team title, as Michael Tait and Reece Nilsen led the way. Tait and Nilsen took second and tied for third, respectively. Tait had a three round total of 206, two strokes off overall individual winner Hunter Weitze of Lewis-Clark State College.
Lewis-Clark State took third place in the team standings. Travis Hansen’s three-round total of 210 led the way for the Warriors, followed closely by Shaun Harpin’s three-round total of 211.
Montana Tech finished fourth with a team score of 870 led by standout Sean Benson, who finished in a tie for third. Benson posted a 67 on Tuesday, giving up a three-round total of 207.
Providence of Great Falls grabbed fifth place, followed by Carroll’s B Team in sixth. Montana State-Northern rounded out the team standings in seventh place.
On the women’s side, Rocky Mountain also won the team title as Carroll moved up from fourth into third.
“We shot our best rounds of the year thus far and were led by senior Rachel Miles,” MacIntyre said. “Rachel has such a great swing and she was able to find a nice groove and stay consistent for us, a very well played tournament and top 10 finish.”
Miles led the Saints with a two round total of 150, shooting 75 in each round.
Cailin Spencer improved upon her round Monday, shaving off four strokes to shoot a 77, for a total of 158.
Weslee Nehl shot a pair of 79s to tie Spencer’s 158.
Jaylin Kenny and Syndee Nowlen rounded out the Saints’ team score with 165 and 174 founds, respectively.
The Saints as team shot 631.
“We now look forward to the challenge of heading to Lewiston Idaho next week for the final fall conference tournament,” MacIntyre said.
Rocky won the invite, with a team score of 574. Each member of Rocky finished in the Top 10 individually, led by Townsend's Anna DeMars, who shot a pair of 70s for a two-round total of 140 to finish in second.
Eryn Ellis was right behind her, shooting a two-round total of 141 to finish third.
Lewis-Clark College finished in second of the team standings with a total of 610. Marissa Louder led the Warriors with a two-round total of 142.
Providence took fourth, shooting a collective 637. Providence standout Gina Kowolchuk nabbed top individual honors, shooting a two round total of 138. Her opening round of 66 was the best of the invite.
Tech took fifth with a team score of 654.
Montana State-Northern did not finish.