By Tiffany L. Rehbein
Jami Jackson and Ristina Johnston put together their best scores of the season Sunday at the Beaverhead Golf Course at Dillon, but it wasnt enough to land the Skylights in one of the top three finishes.
Senior Jackson scored a team-low 89 for the MSU-Northern Skylights golf team and notched a season-best score in the process. She finished seventh overall at the Frontier Conference tournament.
Freshman Johnston hit a season-low 98 for the Skylights and tied with No. 2 golfer Brooke Barkus, who also shot a 98.
Freshman Shanda Lammerding of Havre shot a 90 and finished 10th overall.
The team, with a 375, finished fourth at the tournament. Rocky Mountain College won the womens side with a 344. Lewis-Clark State, in its first year in the Frontier Conference, was second with 348 points. Western Montana College finished third with a score of 366.
The Skylights traveled to Billings and played the Peter Yegen Golf Course on a cold and windy Monday.
The team, with a 311, finished fifth at the tournament. Shanda Lammerding led the Skylights with a team-low 93. Barkus shot a 98, Johnston a 102 and Jackson shot a 108.
I think our ball striking is really more consistent, said Doug Sheppard. Sheppard, the golf pro at Beaver Creek, is assisting the Skylights while head coach Jessica Peters is on leave with a new baby girl. We are still just losing too many strokes around the green.
The Skylights have struggled all season with three-putting greens and those extra strokes have landed the Skylights consistently in a fourth place finish.
We need to get all four girls playing more consistently, Sheppard said. When two are shooting low, the other two are shooting poorly.
The Skylights, in their second season as a full member of the Frontier Conference, travel to Lewiston, Idaho, Tuesday, Oct. 5, to play in one of its last Frontier Conference tournaments of the season.