COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho -- Behind a pair of rounds in the 70s from Montana State Billings junior Kalli Stanhope, the Yellowjacket women's golf team finished third at the inaugural Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championship Tuesday at the par 71, 5,914-yard Coeur d'Alene Golf and Country Club course.
The Jackets finished with a 36-hole team score of 666, while Western Washington won the championship with a 620 score.
Stanhope, a native of Glendive, opened the tournament with a 79 Monday and followed with a 78 Tuesday for a 157 score and a fourth-place finish.
MSUB sophomore Elizabeth Tikriti finished tied for eighth with an 80 and 82 for a 162, while freshmen Melissa Saken and BreAnna Cameron finished tied for 13th at 177. Junior Lindsay Erickson finished 16th after shooting a 179.
"I'm proud of our girls as everyone stayed focused and played their best," MSUB coach Shawn O'Brien said. "The second round was similar to our first as we played well in stretches. Kalli had a good tournament, while Liz played consistent both rounds. I am excited for the offseason as we do not lose anyone to graduation."
Freshman Mac Keating led the way for the MSUB men's golf team as he finished 13th at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championship.
Keating fired a 54-hole score of 237 to lead the team. Western Washington won the team championship with an 884 score, while the Jackets finished fifth of five teams with a 964 score on the par 71, 6,803-yard Coeur d'Alene Golf and Country Club course.
MSUB freshman Brad Harrelson finished tied for 16th with a 240, while junior Kyle Armstrong was 20th at 246. Senior Travis Gates was 22nd (248) and freshman Jake Letman was 24th with a 259 score.
"It has been an up and down year, playing well at home and struggling in tournaments on the road," O'Brien said. "We have a team with great young men and I am looking forward to seeing our freshmen develop. Mac, who has not played to his potential this season, had a great last two rounds considering the weather conditions. He hit the ball great today. We have a young team and they are going to benefit from this season."