O’Keefe, Beavers take titles

HUNTLEY, Mont. Minot State junior Karson O’Keefe fired a 70 to earn medalist honors at the Montana State University Billings Yellowjacket Spring Invite Monday at Pryor Creek Golf Course.

The MSUB Invite was shortened to just a one-day event as inclement weather forced officials to cancel Day 2 that was scheduled for today.

O’Keefe’s round was two strokes better than MSU Billings’ Michael Porter and Montana Tech’s Sean Benson, who tied for second, and three in front of freshman teammate Matthew Kruetz, who finished tied for fourth overall.

“It was really nice to see Karson get his first win,” MSU coach Randy Westby said. “Congrats to him. We won by two as a team, but we will need to improve on the fourth score to compete in the NSIC. Next week in Iowa will tell us where we are at, but we had a nice round today.”

The Beavers finished with a 299 as a team, two better than the host Yellowjackets. MSU was 10 better than Rocky Mountain College.

MSU travels to Fayette, Iowa, for the Upper Iowa Invite Saturday and Sunday.

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