Frank wins State Amateur championship

Natalie Beard tied for eighth at the tournament

Natalie Beard tied for eighth at the tournament

July 20, 2012

Montana's Katelyn Frank, who will be a sophomore for the Grizzlies in 2012-13, won the 95th Montana State Amateur Championship this week. The three-day, 54-hole tournament was held Tuesday through Thursday on the Whitefish Lake Golf Club's North Course.

Frank, of Sidney, shot a three-round 229, with rounds of 73, 75 and 81. She finished two strokes clear of Katie Michunovich, of Laurel, and Lauren Hausauer, of Bozeman.

Two other members of Montana's golf team also finished in the top eight.

Kyla Clancy (76-77-79--232), of Park City, tied for fourth. Natalie Beard (77-79-79--235), of Great Falls, tied for eighth. Clancy will be a freshman in the fall, Beard a junior.

With her opening-round 73, Frank led the tournament wire to wire. She had a one-stroke lead over Morgan Lee, of Great Falls, after Tuesday's opening round and led Hausauer by two going into the final round.

"I told my dad before the tournament that I wanted to win, so this was definitely the goal going in," said Frank, who played in four of Montana's 11 fall and spring tournaments as a freshman last year.

But that does not mean the tournament lacked drama. Frank and Hausauer were paired up for Thursday's final round.

Frank played the front nine at +3 and the back nine at +6, with a double bogey on 14, to shoot an 81 on the par-72 course. Hausauer also struggled to an 81 after rounds of 76 and 74 Tuesday and Wednesday. She was six over on the five-hole stretch from 11 to 15.

"Neither one of us played very well," Frank said. "I think we ended up playing each other instead of playing the course. It became, Who can handle the pressure? and we both had some meltdowns."

It wasn't just Frank and Hausauer. A number of golfers had their highest score of the tournament Thursday.



"It was hotter and the pin placements were definitely tougher," Frank said. "And by that time almost everybody is burned out. I know I was pretty fried from having to focus for so long."

Michunovich was the only golfer to finish in the top seven who improved each round. After rounds of 82 and 78 on Tuesday and Wednesday, she shot a 71 on Thursday to move up the leaderboard into a tie for second.

"I've seen Katelyn play, and I know she has the talent," second-year UM golf coach Emily Milberger said. "This is a great accomplishment for her.

"It's exciting to see three in the top eight. This is a great jumping-off point for the fall season."

Montana opens its fall tournament schedule at the Montana State Bobcat Invitational Labor Day weekend.

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