MISSOULA -- Rocky Mountain College's women finished second and the Battlin' Bear men fourth Tuesday at the conclusion of 54 holes of play at the Frontier Conference golf championships, which were held over two days at Larchmont Golf Course.
The Lewis-Clark State women and the Westminster College men captured the team titles and automatic berths to next month's NAIA national tournaments. Rocky's women, ranked 11th nationally, will have to wait until May 8 to find out if they will receive an at-large berth to nationals, set for May 20-23 in Lincoln, Neb.
Rocky, which led No. 14-ranked L-C State by one stroke after 36 holes, wound up losing by 12 shots, 947-959, after the closing 18 holes.
"We had a great tournament. We just didn't match up with them during the last round," Rocky coach Aaron Pohle said. "We left a few shots out there with our short game, and we missed a few putts we usually don't miss."
L-C State's Heather Bruce was the medalist at 8-over 224 (77-74-73). Rocky senior Katy Peterson tied for second overall at 14-over 230 (77-78-75).
On the men's side, Westminster rallied during the final 18 holes to edge first-day leader Carroll College, 896-900, for the team championship. L-C State was third at 906, followed by Rocky at 919.
Carroll's Connor Hausauer was the medalist at 2-under 214 (69-68-77). L-C State's James Walkinshaw was second at 218 (75-69-74).
Rocky junior Robert Shipp tied for 10th at 227 (78-76-73).
The Bears were playing without their top golfer, junior Daniel Thompsett. He was sidelined by tendinitis in his left wrist on the eve of tournament play, Pohle said.