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Saints Women in Contention at Frontier Golf Tournament

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The Carroll College women's golf team is in a position that head coach Bennett MacIntyre doesn't ever remember a Carroll women's team ever being in after the first two rounds of the Frontier Conference Tournament. They are in a position to win.

"We've never been in this spot before," MacIntyre said. "We knew that the team had a performance like this in them but we have surprised a lot of people. We're in second place, anything can happen but if things go our way we could bring home the first conference title in school history."

The Saints made it through the grind of 36 holes of golf 90 degree heat at the Ahwatukee Country Club and find themselves just 15 shots over leaders Lewis-Clark State. Senior Jackie Mee led the way with a two-round total of 159, good enough for third-place, six shots off of Rocky Mountain's Kyla Clancy.

"The first round we all felt pretty good but the second round was like an oven," Mee said. "The wind stopped and the weather warmed up. It was a grind but we got through it and we are just 15 strokes back which is nothing in team golf. We are excited to see what we can do tomorrow."

MacIntyre is pleased with Mee's performance but says he expected her to have a strong tournament.

"Jackie played great," he said. "That is what you need from your senior captain. She has been doing this for a while and it is great to have her leadership on the course."

 Another strong point was freshman Rachel Miles. She tallied a second-round 81, a personal best, and helped the Saints shave four strokes off of the team total from round one to round two.

"We got a great performance from Rachel Miles," MacIntyre said. "When she attacks, she has a great swing. Earlier in the year she was just a little inconsistent but she is starting to put it together. If she can continue attacking the ball it will hopefully lead to some good results for her."

The Carroll men struggled to match the women's results. The men finished the day in fourth place and couldn't find a grove at the top of the lineup. Carroll seniors Connor Hausauer and Colin Gunstream finished with a 154 and a 164 respectively.

"It was one of those days when things just didn't go our way," MacIntyre said. "Our seniors and junior struggled. If you want to be in the mix that can't happen and unfortunately for us we weren't at our best."

Freshman Chace Daskalos and sophomore Justin Galiher led the Saints with two-round totals of 153. Daskalos tallied a second round 74, five strokes better than his first-round 79. Galiher was consistent with a 77 in round one and a 76 in round, they are tied for ninth overall.

"Chace had a rough first round but battled back and to have a strong second round," MacIntyre said. "Justin played well in both rounds which really helped the team out."

The Saints title hopes are all but dashed, but MacIntyre hopes to see his seniors finish the season out strong. "Although we aren't in position to win on the men's side, I think that we are going to see a much better performance tomorrow to close out the tournament," MacIntyre said.

The final round of the tournament tees off with a shotgun start tomorrow at 8 a.m.

Story Contributed by Carroll Sports Information.

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