BILLINGS — Montana Tech golfer Sean Ramsbacher fired a 1-under-par 71 Thursday at the Yellowstone Country Club and sits one shot out of the lead at the Men’s Montana State Amateur Championships.
Defending champion Joey Moore and fellow Billings golfer Jake Hedge share the lead at 70.
Ramsbacher, a Missoula native, followed a 4-over 40 on the front nine with a 5-under 31 on the back nine. Former Montana Tech Oredigger Sean Benson, a Billings native, shot a 73 and is tied for ninth place.
Montana Tech golf coach Sean Ryan hit an 81. Butte’s Jack Prigge, a soon-to-be sophomore at Butte High, hit an 82. Kaven Noctor, a recent Butte High grad and future Oredigger, shot an 84.
The Men’s Senior Amateur Championship is being played in conjunction with the State Am. Craig Hurlbert of Rollins grabbed the first-day lead with a 4-under 68. Cal Stacey of Billings is one shot back at 69. Tom White of Bozeman is third at 71.
Butte’s Mark Hodges opened with an 80 and is tied for 18th. Jerry Rapp of Butte hit an 85.
The three-day tournaments run through Saturday.