Joyce misses qualifier in playoff at State tourney

Joyce misses qualifier in playoff at State tourney
Butte Central's Tricia Joyce hits a mid-range chip shot onto the No. 4 green Aug. 14 during the Butte Central Invitational at the Highland View Golf Course. (Butte Sports file photo)

POLSON — Butte’s Tricia Joyce will not be making a return trip to the Montana-Alberta Cup or the Junior America’s Cup.

Bozeman’s Annika Danenhauer beat the soon-to-be Butte Central senior in a sudden-death playoff for a spot on the Montana-Alberta Junior Ryder Cup team Tuesday at the Montana State Golf Association State Junior Championships at Polson Bay Golf Course. (Girls’ results; Boys’ results)

The playoff came after Joyce improved seven shots on the second day of the tournament for a final-round 77. She hit 37 on the front nine and 40 on the back for a 161 total to tie Danenhauer, who shot a 78 Tuesday for fourth place in the girls’ 16-18 age group.

Kylie Esh of Missoula shot a final-round 74 to win the division crown at 150. Sidney’s Tierney Messmer placed second at 155, followed by Bozeman’s Kameryn Basye at 156.

Esh, Messmer, Boyd and Ward qualified for the Montana-Alberta Cup and the Junior America’s Cup.

Missoula’s Katie Fagg, who shot 167, will joining Esh, Messmer, Basye, Ward and Danenhauer on the Montana-Alberta Cup team.

The Montana-Alberta Junior Ryder Cup will be held Aug. 6-8 at Whitefish Lake Golf Course. The Girls’ Junior America’s Cup will be July 23-27 at Hiwan Golf Course in Evergreen, Colorado.

The Boys’ Junior America’s Cup will be played July 22-26 at Fairmont Hot Springs.

Joey Moore of Billings will lead the Montana team there after winning the boys’ 16-18 age group. He followed Monday’s 3-under-par 69 with a 68 for a 137 total. Billings’ Jace Rhodes placed a distant second at 144, J.R. Small of Bozeman and Tucker Thomas of Great Falls tied for third at 145. Small won a playoff.

Butte’s Kaven Noctor shot an 80 for a two-day total of 163.

Justus Verge of Bozeman fired a final-round 66 for a 138 to win the boys’ 14-15 age group. He’ll join Moore, Rhodes and Small on the Junior America’s Cup team. Jordan Verge, who placed second in the 14-15 group at 147, qualified for the Montana-Alberta Cup.

Cameron Hackman of Laurel won the 13-and-under boys’ division with a 143. Kenzie Walsh of Billings topped the girls’ 13-and-under group at 183, while Carrie Carpenter of Billings won the girls’ 14-15 group with a 162.

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