The Carroll College golf teams closed out the Frontier Conference Golf Championship at the ASU Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Arizona, on Wednesday. The Carroll women finished in third place overall with two golfers finishing in the Top 10 and the Carroll men finished fifth.
Justin Galiher put up a team-low score of 73 to lead the Saints on Day 3. He helped the team cut three strokes off of the team total from round two to finish with a 315, the best round of the tournament for Carroll.
"On the men's team it was great to see our team captain go out and do what he is capable of doing," coach Bennett MacIntyre said. "Our men's team improved each round by lowering our overall team score."
It was not enough to hold off hard-charging Montana Tech, which beat the Saints for fourth place by one stroke, 964 to 965.
Galliher finished in a tie for 18th, along with teammate Bryce Samwell, with a 242 for the tournament. One shot and one spot better was Austin Egan, in 17th with a 241. Greg Jones was 21st with a 243, while Michael Lavin finished in 24th with a 252.
Lexi Pyette led the Saints women with a final score of 252, good for seventh, and Rachel Miles finished right behind Pyette in eighth place with a final score of 254.
"I was very happy to see a couple girls in purple in the Top 10 and especially happy for Lexi to close out her senior year with a Top 10 finish," MacIntyre said. "She was a great athlete on the soccer field and and on the course when we needed her."
Katie Goins shot a 261, for 11th place, Jaylin Kenny shot a 270 for 15th, and Gabrielle Jones was 16th with a 272.
The Saints finished with a team score of 1,030, well ahead of fourth-place Montana Tech's 1,117.
The Rocky Mountain women, led by individual medalists Kyla Clancy, won the women's team title with a score of 984 and the Lewis-Clark men led by Chris Lien, edged out Rocky Mountain for the men's team title with a score of 901.
"This was a great tournament in a championship venue. In the second year down in Arizona, this event is growing and getting better and it showed on the course," MacIntyre said. "The Rocky women and LC State men will represent our conference well at the National Championships. They are strong teams, and I think they have a chance to make some noise and carry the banner of the Frontier Conference on the national stage."