LIVINGSTON — The extra few days were worth the wait for Tricia Joyce.
The Butte Central golfer opened her sophomore season in style Friday by winning the Park Invitational at the Livingston Country Club. Joyce fired an 84 for a cushioned victory.
Joyce, who placed second at last year’s state tournament, couldn’t compete in Monday’s Butte Central Invitational because she didn’t have enough team practices. That is because she was representing Montana in the Montana-Alberta Junior Ryder Cup.
Kinsey Irvin placed a distant second at 90.
On the boys’ side, junior Tyge Yelenich had another bid day. He shot a 79 to tie for third place with Belgrade’s Eli Baker. Liam Clancy of Billings Central won with a 68.
Also for BC, Cameron Johnson shot an 86, Dan McCloskey and Gator Yelenich each hit 89 and Bryan Arnold carded a 94.
Billings Central won the team title with a 319. The host Rangers placed second at 336, followed by BC at 343.
Lewistown and Dillon were the only girls’ teams with enough players for a team score. Lewistown shot a 412, while Dillon hit 458.
Next up for the Maroons is Monday’s Belgrade Invitational at the Riverside Country Club.
Park High Invitational
(at Livingston Country Club)
1, Billings Central 319; 2, Livingston 336; 3, Butte Central 343; 4, Belgrade 349; 5, Lewistown 385. No score: Dillon and Hardin.
Top 10 individuals
Liam Clancy, Billings Central 68
Winston Oppelt, Livingston 72
Tyge Yelenich, Butte Central 79
Eli Baker, Belgrade 79
Samuel Berry, Billings Central 80
Elliot Engbers, Livingston 82
Noah Gaudreau, Billings Central 85
Caleb Myers, Lewistown 85
Garrett Carter, Belgrade 86
Lane Marshall, Park 87
Lewistown 412; 2, Dillon 458. No score: Belgrade, Billings Central, Butte Central, Hardin, Livingston.
Top 10 individuals
Tricia Joyce, Butte Central 84
Kinsey Irvin, Lewistown 90
McKenna Adolph, Billings Central 93
Sophia Mascarena, Billings Central 94
Hunter-Rose Goetz, Livingston 95
Morgan Brealey, Belgrade 96
Perry Widdecombe, Billings Central 96.
Madison Lewis, Lewistown 99
Lindsey Huber, Dillon 100
Abby Gremaux, Lewistown 101