Pros capture Montana Cup for first time in a decade

Pros capture Montana Cup for first time in a decade
Professional Jason Lehtola watches his tee shot on No. 13 during Wednesday's final round of the Montana Cup at the Butte Country Club. (Bill Foley photo)

The professionals were partying like it was 2007 Wednesday at the Butte Country Club.

For the first time in a decade, the pros topped the amateurs to win the Montana Cup at the Butte Country Club.

Wednesday’s final round consisted of individual matches, and the pros knocked off the amateurs 20-16 for the come-from-behind victory. The final-round surge gave the professionals a 37-35 victory over 54 holes, snapping the amateur’s nine-year winning streak.

The professionals’ last win came in 2007 in Missoula.

It should be noted, though, that this is the second year in which the Montana State Golf Association prevented college players from participating in the Montana Cup, meaning players like Caleb Stetzner of MSU-Billings and Sean Benson of Montana Tech were not eligible to compete.

Wednesday’s 18 holes of match play followed Tuesday’s 36-hole day that included a best-ball and Chapman match.

Renzi Lee, Dave Owens, Chad Carlson, Ryan Malby, Tom Anderson and Brian Eakoff picked up wins for the professionals on Wednesday.

Ben McIntyre Parker Heller, Logan Lindholm, Marcus Drange and Spencer Williams grabbed wins for the amateurs.

2017 Montana Cup
Professionals def. Amateurs 37-35

Individual matches
Professionals def. Amateurs 20-16

Renzi Lee, Pro, tied Sean Gilligan 1.5-1.5
Dave Owens, Pro, def. Tim Garden 3-0
Chad Carlson, Pro, def. Bob Hasquet 3-0
Ryan Malby, Pro, def. Sean Hauser 3-0
Tom Anderson, Pro, def. Brad Grattan 3-0
Brian Eakoff, Pro. def. Bill Dunn 2.5-.5
Ben McIntyre, Amateur, def. Eddie Kavran 2-1
Parker Heller, Amateur, def. Jason Lehtola 3-0
Logan Lindholm, Anatuer, def. Connor Sproull 3-0
Marcus Drange, Amateur, def. Jeff Conway 3-0
Spencer Williams, Amateur, def. Jake Wilson 3-0


Professionals 11.5, Amateurs 6.5

Logan Lindholm/Brad Grattan, Amateur, def. Doug Hagan/Chad Carlson 2-1
Brian Eakoff/Jake Wilson, Pro, def. Tim Garden/Chris Seder 2-1
Jeff Conway/Dave Owens, Pro, def. Sean Gilligan/Sean Hauser 2-1
Eddie Kavran/Jason Lehtola, Pro, def. Spencer Williams/Parker Heller 3-0
Connor Sproull/Renzi Lee, Pro., def. Ben McIntyre/Marcus Drange 3-0
Bob Hasquet/Bill Dunn, Amateur, def. Tom Anderson/Ryan Malby 2.5-.5

Amateurs 12.5, Professionals 5.5
Garden/Gratton, Amateur, def. Eakoff/Conway 2.5-.5
Hasquet/Hauser, Amateur, def. Sproul/Lehtola 2-1
Heller/Lindholm, Amateur, def. Kavran/Lee 2-1
Carlson/Wilson, Pro, def. McIntyre/Williams 2.5-.5
Gilligan/Seder, Amateur, def. Malby/Owens 2.5-.5
Dunn/Drange, Amateur, def. Anderson/Hagan 3-0

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