HELENA, Mont. – The men's and women's golf teams swept Montana Tech in a duel Monday at Green Meadow Country Club in Helena.
The Carroll women, playing tradition stroke play with five-score-four, topped the Diggers 327-340. Katie Goins led the way for the Saints with an 80 and Rachel Miles and Cailin Spencer both chipped in an 81. Jaylin Kenney scored and 85 to round out the scoring for Carroll.
Taryn Campbell and Hailey Ogolin tied Goins with an 80 for the three-way tie for medalist honors. Lynzee Dexter scored an 86, and Kelly Harbach scored a 94 to close out the scoring for the Diggers.
"Our women came to play and shot below their season average," head coach Bennett MacIntyre said. "Our girls have had a pretty good spring. We are going to see about a 70-degree swing in temperature for next week in Tempe, but this was a great opportunity to get out and compete and play our rivals down the road."
The men's duel was played in a unique, match-play format with four groups from each team. The course was broken up into three different formats. The first six holes was a two-man scramble, the second six holes were played in the Chapman format and the final six holes were played in Best-Ball format. Two points were awarded to the winners of each format.
In the No. 1 and No. 2 two-man duel, the two teams split the scramble section before Montana Tech won the Chapman section, the Diggers were up one hole with two to play, but the Saints rallied to earn the 3-3 group tie.
The Saints dominated the second group (No. 3 and No. 4). After splitting the scramble, Joseph Potkonjak and Greg Jones won the final two sections going away to earn the 5-1 victory.
Justin Galiher and Bryce Samwel won the No. 5 and No. 6 grouping 4-2, and Montana Tech earned their lone group win in the No. 7 and No. 8 group with a 4-2 victory.
Carroll earned a 14-10 overall win.
"The format stretched our depth," MacIntyre said. "Between these two teams, there were guys that had never played a varsity round in college. It was great to see what they could do in competition and great for us to show that we do have some great players that can continue to build toward the future. The format also gave us a good break from what we have been doing and brought the guys together. I think we will do more of this going forward."
MacIntyre was excited to see his team get the win against a team that was very close all season in the Frontier Conference standings.
"It was a great battle, it was what you would expect from two teams that were neck and neck all year for stroke average," MacIntyre added. "It is nice to take care of business on the home turf."
The Saints now prepare for the Frontier Conference Championship April 24-26 at the ASU Karsten Course in Tempe, Ariz.