Kilmer, Heesacker, Hoagland top field at opener

Will Kilmer, Bryce Heesacker and Hailey Hoagland posted the low rounds of the day at the Butte Kick Off Classic at the Highland View Golf Course.

The tournament was the first stop of the season for the South West Montana Junior Golf Tour.

Kilmer and Heesacker each fired a 2-over par 72 to win their age groups.

Heesacker, of Wisdom, edged Anaconda’s Jackson Wagner by one stroke to win the boys’ 16-17 age group. Matthew Krantz of Clancy finished third at 77.

Kilmer, of Butte, won the boys’ 14-15 group. Houston Green of Butte placed second at 77, followed by Butte’s Eric Fogerty at 85.

Butte golfer Tyge Yelenich won the nine-hole boys 12-13 division with a 41. Isaiah Weldon of Butt was second at 43

Hoagland carded a 74 to win the girls’ 16-17 age group. The soon-to-be Butte High senior edged Bulldog teammate Shealyn Haffer of Butte by four shots for the title.

Helena golfer Rowan Rankin shot a 102 to win the girls’ 14-15 group. Butte’s Alexis Williams and Frenchtown’s Jamie McNally tied for second at 106.

Butte golfer Tricia Joyce, who won the 13-and-under age group at the Montana State Junior Championship in Missoula on Tuesday, was the lone golfer in the girls 12-13 group. She shot a 45.

The next stop on the tour is the Silver Bow Open, which is Monday at the Butte Country Club.

Butte Kick Off Classic results

Hailey Hoagland hits a tee shot on hole No. 14. (Bill Foley photo)

Hailey Ogolin knocks in a par putt on No. 14. (Bill Foley photo)

Blake Casagranda hits a chip shot. (Photo by Sean Eamon, The Anaconda Leader)

Seth Powers follows a shot. (Photo by Sean Eamon, The Anaconda Leader)

Anthony Cooney hits a par putt on hole No. 14. (Bill Foley photo)

Levin Mullaney reacts after a par putt lips out on No. 14. (Bill Foley photo)

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