Joyce falls to fifth place

Joyce falls to fifth place

BILLINGS — Butte’s Tricia Joyce fell to tie for fifth place after two rounds of the Montana State Women’s Amateur Championship. (Leaderboard)

Joyce, who shot a 1-under 73 on Thursday, hit an 80 on Friday at The Briarwood Golf Course and sits tied with Rocky Mountain College golfer Katy Peterson at 153 heading into Saturday’s final round.

Rocky standout Eryn Ellis lit up Briarwood for a 67 Friday, and takes a commanding lead into Saturday at 138. Coral Schulz of Whitefish is in second place, 11 shots back at 147 following Friday’s 74.

Joyce, a Butte Central graduate who is about to begin her career playing on the University of Montana golf team, tied for third at the tournament last year. She was two shots back after the first round.

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