BILLINGS — Jake Hedge took a commanding lead heading into Saturday’s final round of the Men’s Montana State Amateur Championship golf tournament.
Hedge, of Billings, fired a 6-under-par 66 Friday at the Yellowstone Country Club. That puts Hedge at 8 under par (136) and seven shots ahead of his closest competitors.
Defending champion Joey Moore of Billings and Montana Tech golfer Sean Ramsbacher of Missoula are tied at 1-under along with Liam Clancy of Park City and Brad Fox of Laurel.
Clancy and Ramsbacher matched par at 72 on Friday, while Moore hit 73. Fox carded a 70.
Ramsbacher is one of seven Montana Tech golfers in the tournament. That number runs to nine if you factor in former Orediggers Sean Ryan and Sean Benson. Ryan is now Tech’s head coach.
Benson is tied for 16th at 150, one shot ahead of Oredigger Brady Cady. Ryan sits at 159.
Other Tech golfers play are Jace Rhodes (156), Matt Hobbs (161), Jhett Braley (163) Kaven Noctor (167) and Blake Loberg (167).
Butte High sophomore Jack Prigge followed an 82 with an 87 for a 169.
Tom White of Bozeman grabbed a share of the lead in the Men’s Senior Amateur Championship, which is being played in conjunction with the State Am.
White improved one shot for a 70 and a 3-under 141 heading into Saturday’s final round. He is tied with first-round leader Craig Hurlbert of Rollins. Hurlbert followed a 68 with a 73.
Jerry Pearsall of Billings sits a distant third at 149.
Butte’s Jerry Rapp improved four shots for an 81 and is tied for 24th at 166. Mark Hodges of Butte is tied for 28th at 168 after a second-round 88.