Junior golf tour returns with Lee LaBreche Classic

The weather was not ideal for golf Monday at the Highland View Golf Course.

Overcast skies hung over top as a cool wind blew throughout the day.

That, however, could not put a damper on the day as the Southwest Montana Junior Golf Tour made a triumphant return with the Lee LaBreche Kick-Off Classic. The tournament, named after the former tournament director, was the first for the tour since Aug. 19, 2019.

COVID-19 wiped out the last two seasons.

Butte golfers Taylor Sullivan, Brenner Booth and Cade Kelly picked up victories in their respective divisions as the tour resumed play. (Leaderboard)

Anaconda’s Tanner Cromwell fired a 76 for the low round of the day on the par-70 course. That was good for victory in the Scotty Scheffler Division for boys 16-17. Carson Richie of Hamilton placed second at 80, and Butte’s Jacob Sawyer took third at 83.

Sullivan was the lone player in the Nelly Korda Division for girls 16-17. She shot a 113.

Three girls played in the Lexi Thompson Division for players 14-15. Clancy’s Maryah Lindsay led the way with a 105. Butte’s Chelsi Lyons took second at 108, and Clancy’s Eryn Lindsay, who played her first-ever tournament, finished at 110.

Booth carded a 77 to take a six-shot win in the Patrick Cantlay Division for boys 14-15. Braxtyn Turney of Dillon took second at 83. Chase Choquette of Butte finished third at 85.

Kelly hit a 46 over nine holes to win the Jordan Spieth Division for boys 12-13. He beat fellow Butte golfer Teagan Yelenich by one shot. Jack Muhlstein of Butte finished third at 53.

Evyn Smith of Melrose was the lone player in the Danielle Kang Division for girls 12-13. She shot a 78 over nine holes.

Monday’s tournament was the first of eight stops on the SWJGT. Next up is the Silver Bow Open, which is June 21. The tour will stop in Opportunity, Hamilton, Fairmont Dillon and back in Butte before closing the season Aug. 8 with the Old Works Championship.