The MSU Golf Team started their season by competing in the Battle at Old Works on Sept. 11-12 in Anaconda, their first and only tournament in the state this season. The Bobcats finished seventh in the team standings with a three-round score of 910, scoring 311 in the first round, 295 in the second and 304 in the third. Sophomore Kelly Hooper came away with a third place title, and several other team members had strong performances. There were 45 competitors in the tournament, and the Cats faced off against other Big Sky Conference rivals such as University of Montana and Eastern Washington University.
The first day of the tournament, Hooper shot four-under-par during the second round and junior Clare Dittemore shot back to back rounds of 75 and 74. Hooper scored a 78 her first round. She then golfed the best round of her career, scoring a 68 on her second set of 18 holes, capturing 14 pars and four birdies. This put her in 8th place going into the second day. Dittemore went into the second day placed 16th with a stroke average of 2.92 on par 3s.
MSU went into the second day ranked seventh overall with a two-round score of 606. The team shot a 311 in the first round and a 295 in the second. The third round began on Sept. 12, where the Cats maintained their seventh place ranking, and went on to score 304 in the third round. Hooper was tied for third by the end of the third round with an overall score of two-over-par, 218. She was second best among all competitors with an even-par 72. She and Dittemore led the tournament with a 2.92 stroke average on par 3s. Dittemore finished 19th in the tournament with a 10-over, 226 over all three rounds.
Sophomore Delaney Elliot tied for 28th with a score of three-over, 75 strokes, sophomore Coral Schulz finished 34th with 235 strokes and Lilly Navarre tied for 36th with 238 strokes over all three rounds.
The golf team will head to Pullman, Washington for the Cougar Cup Sept. 18-19, and will travel to Rose City, Oregon Sept. 25-26 for the Rose City Collegiate tournament.