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By Troy Shockley, Helena IR

The Carroll College men's and women's golf teams will kick off their respective season on Monday at the Montana Tech Invitational, set to be played at the Butte Country Club. The Saints will play 36 holes on Monday and another 18 to finish on Tuesday. For both teams it will mark the start of a season with high expectations.

The Carroll men come into 2014 having finished second at last year's Frontier Conference tournament, missing a trip to nationals by just a few strokes. Team captain Connor Hausauer, though, did earn a spot at the national championships as an individual. He also made that trip with the team in 2012 as an observer.

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By Montana Standard

Ben MacIntyre was in trouble on Monday afternoon, and the spectators surrounding the 14th green at Butte Country Club knew it.

MacIntyre and Ross Bartell had eliminated nine other competitors and were the only remaining golfers at the final hole of the individual derby, which was part of the Labor Day Classic.

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Carroll College golfers Connor Hausauer (senior standing) and recently graduated Taylor Ratliff were named as Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). They were two of 11 NAIA athletes who received this distinction.

“Connor and Taylor both had exceptional seasons in the Frontier Conference and have helped to elevate our program.  We expect great success from them in the classroom, but this award reflects both their excellence in their sport as well as academically,” Carroll College head coach Bennett MacIntyre said.

In order to earn this recognition players must be a junior or senior academically, have competed in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participated in 50-percent of his team’s competitive rounds, and have a stroke-average under 77.0 in NAIA. 

Additionally, these student-athletes maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2. Athletes who receive Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status also need to display high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.

Hausauer claimed the Frontier Conference Tournament Championship this season and Ratliff was All-Frontier Conference and was a member of the 2012 team that reach the NAIA National Championship Golf Tournament.

Not only were Hausauer and Ratliff honored, but also The Carroll College Men’s Golf Team earned All-Academic Team recognition for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) named teams that received All-Academic Team honors from each division. 

In order to be eligible for GCAA All-Academic Team honors a college or university is required to submit the GPAs for each player on its official squad list for the academic year. In order to receive this distinction golf teams needed a combined GPA of 3.0 or higher. There were 141 teams this year that submitted GPAs in order to be recognized for All-Academic standing.

“This team award is a great example of the expectations of Carroll College student-athletes.  They are exemplary representatives of the school, working hard in the classroom and on the field of play, or on the golf course in our case,” MacIntyre said.

Carroll College head golf coach Bennett MacIntyre has announced that six golfers have signed on for the 2014-15 recruiting class to play for the Fighting Saints program.

Of the six scholarship recipients, three will play for the men’s team: Chace Daskalos, Pat Colberg and Austin Egan.  An additional three golfers: Jaylin Kenney, Rachelle Navarro and Rachel Miles will tee it up for the women’s team.

“This class of student-athletes provides us with immediate depth and a lot of talent that should help us out not only in the future, but this coming season. We will definitely see an impact from this group,” MacIntyre said.

Daskalos played at West Albany High School in Oregon. Daskalos helped West Albany to the 2013 5A State Title and earned All-State as well as All-District honors.

Additionally, Daskalos won the Ocean Dunes Championship in 2013 and picked up a top-10 finish at the Oregon Tournament of Champions.

The All-State Academic selection finished his high school career with a 3.86 GPA.

“We are extremely thrilled to land a player of Chace’s caliber.  He is a tough competitor and has great tournament experience.  Very few players can make the transition from high school to college golf and make an impact right away, but Chace is that kind of talent,” MacIntyre said.

Carroll College basketball signee, Pat Colberg of Missoula Hellgate, will not only compete on the hardwood, but will also join the Fighting Saints Golf Team. 

The 1st-team All-State golfer took 3rd at the 2013 State AA tournament this past fall just one stroke out of first place and helped the Knights to a 2nd place team finish. 

“Pat is a great athlete and will really give us some depth.  He will be able to compete as a dual-sport athlete in college which is very rare these days,” MacIntyre said.

Austin Egan of Billings Senior High School rounds out this year’s men’s class. An All-State Academic selection (3.62 GPA), Egan has been a member of recent Broncos teams that competed for hardware (finishing 4th) in the past two AA state championships. 

“Austin is a player with a lot of potential.  We are very pleased that he has decided to come to Carroll College,” MacIntyre said.

Jaylin Kenney of Polson High School, was a member of three-consecutive Class A State Championship teams and was an All-State golfer all three seasons finishing 2nd, 3rd, tied-9th respectively the past three seasons individually.

The 4.0 GPA student was an All-State Academic selection all four seasons at Polson and a team captain during her junior and senior seasons.

“Jaylin has had quite a bit of success for someone who basically just started to play golf in high school.  She is just a natural athlete who likes to compete and this will suit her well as she looks to further develop her golf skills at Carroll,” MacIntyre said.

Rachel Miles of Bishop Manogue Catholic High School in Carson City, Nevada was a three-time All-League player and was named to the 1st-team All-League as a senior along with 2nd team All-Region honors.She contributed to a 4th-place team finish at the Nevada State Tournament.  She finished her high school career with a 3.9 GPA.

“Rachel is another student with a really tough competitive streak in her, she will help drive the other girls on our team and has a great chance to play right away as a freshman for us,” MacIntyre added. 

Rachelle Navarro comes to Helena from John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Renton, WA.  Navarro tied-16th in the Class 3A State Tournament this past season.

Navarro was a three-year captain and played in four state championship golf tournaments in Washington.   Navarro maintained a 3.5 GPA throughout her high school career.

“Rachelle brings a lot of competitive experience and she is the type of player that will really help us in the future, we’re really excited she’s part of this class,” MacIntyre said.

The Fighting Saints are coming off a 2013-14 season that saw one individual from both the men’s and women’s teams compete in the NAIA National Championships (Connor Hausauer, Jackie Mee) and return teams nearly fully intact with the men graduating standout Taylor Ratliff and the women losing Teryn Green.

By Troy Shockley Independent Record

For being the golfer receiving the final at-large berth, Jackie Mee acquitted herself quite well at the NAIA Women’s Golf Championships in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Carroll College junior finished her tournament after three rounds, failing to make the cut on Thursday after a round of 82 put her at 244 for the tournament. She wound up in a tie for 56th place, with the top 45 golfers continuing to today’s final round.

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