ANACONDA — Baylee Barckley, who shot an even-par 72 on Tuesday to earn medalist honors at the eight-team Battle at Old Works, is going to have to come up with some new goals. Her originals are already dated.
“I told (teammate Kari Opatz) on the first day of classes that my goal this year is to win a tournament,” Barckley said. “Now that it’s happened at the first tournament of the season, I’m going to have to set some new ones.”
Barckley’s performance, the program’s first tournament win since Barbora Bakova won the Sacramento State Invitational in the spring of 2015, was the highlight of a successful opening tournament for the Montana women’s golf team.
The Grizzlies shot rounds of 300 and 299 on Monday, then went even lower on Tuesday, carding a 296, the team’s best score since going 294 at the Washington State Cougar Cup in September 2014.
Barckley and Opatz both shot 72s on Tuesday. Hailey Hoagland came in at 75, Teigan Avery at 77.
“We played real well in tougher conditions than we had yesterday. It was windier out there,” said interim head coach Kris Nord. “It was good, solid play and a good start for us.”
Barckley shot rounds of 70 and 72 on Monday to take the 36-hole lead. She had an up-and-down final round but ultimately used six birdies to offset a pair of bogeys and two doubles.
North Dakota State (284-300-294) won the tournament by nine strokes over Cal State Fullerton (299-296-292). Cal State Northridge (291-297-300) was third, Santa Clara (300-291-298) came in fourth. Montana was fifth (895), followed by Eastern Washington (903), Montana State (910) and Idaho State (1,010).
—UM sports information