Alberta holds off Montana to win Junior Ryder Cup

Alberta holds off Montana to win Junior Ryder Cup

MEDICINE HAT, Alberta — Alberta held on to win the Montana-Alberta Junior Ryder Cup Wednesday at the Desert Blume Golf Club.

Alberta’s girls beat Montana 11-7 in individual matches Wednesday, and the Canadians topped Montana 23-13 overall. Montana’s boys beat Alberta 12-6 on the final round, but Alberta outscored the Treasure State 19-17 overall.

Alberta took leads by winning four-ball and alternate-shot matches on Tuesday.

Kylie Esh of Missoula and Kinsey Irvin of Laurel picked up wins for Montana. Esh scored three points for Montana, while Irvin scored two. Butte’s Tricia Joyce and Bozeman’s Laurel Ward each scored a point in 2-1 losses.

Four Montana boys swept matches, picking up three points. Montana players with wins were Laurel’s Carson Hackman, Missoula’s Bucky Crippen, Bozeman’s Jack Thorsen and Billings’ Braxton Humphrey.]

The Montana players qualified for the Montana-Alberta Junior Ryder Cup during the Montana State Junior Championship in June. Joyce, a soon-to-be Butte Central junior, won a state title at that tournament in Shelby.

Joyce also qualified for and played in the Girls Junior Americas Cup last week in Henderson, Nevada.

Alberta def. Montana 23-13
Individual matches
Alberta def. Montana 11-7

Tillie Claggett, Alberta, def. Isadora Tomazeli 3-0
Grace Bell, Alberta, def. Carrie Carpenter 3-0
Victoria Ise, Alberta, def. Tricia Joyce 2-1
Abi Hartzler, Alberta, def. Laurel Ward 2-1
Kinsey Irvin, Montana, def. Jessica Marks 2-1
Kylie Esh, Montana, def. Lauren Koenir 3-0

Alberta def. Montana 19-17
Individual matches
Montana def. Alberta 12-6

Carson Hackman, Montana, def. Marco Banic 3-0
Ryan Hodgins, Alberta, def. Jarek Shepard 3-0
Bucky Crippen, Montana, def. Sam Hamelin 3-0
Jack Thorsen, Montana, def. Nick Mah 3-0
Jarrett Bossert, Alberta, def. Rylan Periman 3-0
Braxton Humphrey, Montana, def. Connor Ackroyd 3-0

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