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DALLAS — The Montana women’s golf team shot a 310, the team’s best opening round of the spring season, and is sitting in fifth place after day one of the Women’s Spring Break Invitational at the Trophy Club Country Club.

The Grizzlies are eight strokes off the lead of Eastern Kentucky, which shot a 302 on Monday in windy conditions.

“It went pretty well. It was nice seeing the players look at the leaderboard to see where we are,” said coach Matt Higgins. “Hopefully we can follow it up with another good round tomorrow.”

For the first time in seven rounds this spring, Montana had four scores in the 70s to put toward its total, which was one stroke off the season-best 309 the Grizzlies shot in the final round of the Battle at the Rock last month.

Kari Opatz shot a 4-over 76 and is in a 12-player tie for ninth, with 18 holes still to be played on both Tuesday and Wednesday. Hailey Hoagland shot a 77, Teigan Avery a 78 and Baylee Barckley a 79. It was Avery’s best round of the spring.

Eastern Kentucky is trailed in the team standings by tournament co-host Oral Roberts, which shot a 306. Fairleigh Dickinson carded a 308, Bowling Green a 309.

Eastern Kentucky’s Sofie Levin, at 3-under, and Alabama State’s Chanelle Avaricio, at 2-under, both played the opening round under par.

— UM Sports Information

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