DSU plays tough in unfavorable conditions
HELENA, Mont. -- Monday had wind and cold temperatures, yesterday had rain. Weather was definitely a factor for the Dickinson State men and women's golf teams this week at the Carroll College Open, however it didn't do them any favors on Tuesday.
Rocky Mountain College won both the men and women's tournaments, with the DSU men finishing 10th. Individually, Matt Alter finished the highest for the Blue Hawks at 38th and scored an 82 yesterday and 253 overall. Austin Harper (262) and Nate Easton (266) finished next at 43rd and 44th respectively and Kale Overston (285) finished 48th.
Rocky Mountain's Shay Ridl, a Dickinson High School graduate, finished tied for ninth with a 225 overall score.
DSU head coach Thad O'Donnell said he thought the men could have shot in the upper 70s, but given the conditions he thought those four played pretty consistently.
For the women, Mary Hlebechuk finished at 18th with a 253 overall score, followed by Alyssa Hildebrand (288) at 35th and Danielle O'Donnell (307) at 40th.
The Blue Hawks travel to Billings, Mont. Saturday for the Rocky Mountain College Invite, which begins Sunday. O'Donnell said after a challenging tournament, which tested the team's endurance, a practice round on Saturday should help get the team into the proper mental and physical state for Sunday.