Westminster golf: Griffins place third at Frontier Championships

Published: Tuesday, April 30 2013 6:25 p.m. MDT

MISSOULA, Mont. — The Westminster College men’s and women’s golf teams each recorded a third-place finish at the Frontier Conference Championships that concluded Tuesday. Neither team changed position after the completion of the third round at the Larchmont Golf Course.

The Westminster men shot 295 in the final round to gain ground on the leaders but still finished 12 strokes off the pace with a total score of 907. Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) held on to take the title with a final round 302 to finish at 895 for the tournament. Carroll (Mont.) placed second at 897 after shooting 296 on Tuesday.

Dane Jensen paced the Griffins with his total of 223 to place tied for fifth. Jensen followed back-to-back 75’s on Monday with a 73 in Tuesday’s final round. Alex Howlett finished seventh after shooting 75 on Tuesday to finish with 224 strokes. Matt Bushman posted the low round of the day for the Griffins with a 71 to finish tied for ninth with a total of 227. Robert McKee was tied for 16th at 233 with a final-round 76, while Tanner Kopan went 77 on Tuesday to finish 22nd with a score of 239.

The Griffin women came away with a third-place finish after the team shot 340 on the afternoon and finished the tournament with 1,022 strokes. Lewis-Clark State finished at 961 to win the title and put them 24 strokes in front of Rocky Mountain (Mont.) in second.

Jenteal Jackson shot 81 in the third round to place seventh with a three-round score of 245 in her final collegiate event. Mari Hutsi used a final-round 79 to finish at 246 and tied for eighth and claim her third straight top 10 finish. Brandi Bork shot 83 on Tuesday and was 10th with her total score of 248. Amy Krommenhoek was 24th after a final-round 97 gave her 283 strokes for the event.

Daniel Thompsett from Rocky Mountain claimed the men’s title by shooting 1-under-par 215. Connor Hausauer and Taylor Ratliff, both from Carroll, tied for second with scores of 221. Carroll’s Jackie Mee won the women’s title behind a final-round 78 to finish at 232. Katy Peterson and McKenzie Webinger of RMC were tied for second at 239.

By virtue of winning the Frontier Conference regular season title, Jensen will be invited to the NAIA National Championships when the field is released in the coming days. The Griffin men have an outside shot at receiving an at large invitation to the tournament.

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