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The Montana women’s golf team will compete at the Big Sky Conference championship this weekend in Boulder City, Nevada.

The tournament will be played Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Boulder Creek Golf Club, with 18 holes each day. The first golfers will go off at 8 a.m. MDT each morning.

Idaho is the defending champion and the favorite to repeat. The Vandals shot rounds of 295, 286 and 287 last spring to win the title at Boulder Creek, holding off Sacramento State by a stroke after the Hornets closed with a final-day 283.

Idaho, with a Golfstat ranking of 67, is the only Big Sky Conference team in the nation’s top 100. Sacramento State (102), Portland State (123), Southern Utah (135) and Northern Colorado (144) round out the top five.

Montana ranks 10th among Big Sky schools at 196.

The Grizzlies tied for eighth at last year’s championship, shooting rounds of 307, 298 and 297, which highlights the improvements made across the Big Sky. The 902 Montana shot last year was two shots better than the 904 the Grizzlies carded in 2006 to win the Big Sky title. The 902 was the best score at the Big Sky championship in program history. The eighth-place finish matched the lowest in program history.

Montana has averaged a team score of 312.9 over 12 rounds at four tournaments this spring.

— UM Sports Information

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