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Sean Benson wins Labor Day Classic in playoff

Billings golfer Sean Benson claimed the individual title at the Miller Lite Labor Day Classic golf tournament at the Butte Country Club.

Benson, who plays for the Montana Tech golf team, beat Butte’s Josh Walsh in a playoff for the title in the tournament that was shortened to two days of the three-day weekend because of heavy rain on Saturday.

Benson and Walsh both followed a first-round 74 with a 3-under-par 67 for a 1-over 141.

Helena’s Brady Kirkeby and Libby’s Jim Mee tied for third at 142.

Team No. 4 and Team No. 7 tied for the team title at 126. Team No. 4 is made up of Gabe Gaudreau, Phil Owens, Tom Roberts, Kyle Thomas, Len Piercy, Bob Slaven, Leighton Lindsay and Mike Jaeger.

Matt Pokorny, Ben Kaul, Brian McNabb, Joe Little, Charlie Field, Bob Dumezich, Dylan Anderson and Link Derek made up team No. 7.

2015 Miller Lite Labor Day Classic
Top 15 Individuals
Sean Benson                           74, 67—141*
Josh Walsh                             74, 67 —141
Brady Kirkeby                       68, 74— 142
Jim Mee                                  71, 71—142
Bennett Macintyre                74, 69—143
Mike Mattson                         70, 73—143
Tod Fitterer                            75, 69—144
Ross Bartell                            74, 71—145
Connor Hausauer                  72, 73—145
Josh Gold                                72, 74—146
10th: Marko Stanisich            75, 72—147
Jared Geer                               79, 70—149
Taylor Ratliff                         75, 74—149
Lee Paulson                            77, 73—150
Greg Jones                              76, 74—150
Mike Degrazier                     79, 71—150

Team results
1 (t), Team No 4 (126): Gabe Gaudreau, Phil Owens, Tom Roberts, Kyle Thomas, Len Piercy, Bob Slaven, Leighton Lindsay, Mike Jaeger.
1 (t), Team No. 7 (126): Matt Pokorny, Ben Kaul, Brian McNabb, Joe Little, Charlie Field, Bob Dumezich, Dylan Anderson, Link Derek.
3, Team No. 16 (127): Lee Paulson, Justin Winz, Dave Duffy, Shawn Fredrickson, John Kinzle, Ron Taylor, Joe Michaud, Robert Brown.
4 (t), Team No. 17 (128): Zack Bair, Chase Farrell, Steve Salo, Dick O’Leary, Jack Evans, Sean Thatcher, Bill Houston.
4 (t), Team No. 20 (128): Buck Sullivan, Pat O’Rourke, Chuck Stratford, Dan Laughlin, Steve Ashby, Chad Harrington, Bill Fulton, Jim Miller.
4 (t), Team No. 21 (128): Chris Benski, Jared Geer, Jack Schwartzmiller, Dan Shea, Tyson Pallister, Tim Lacey, Tommy Dolan, Dan Lean.
7 (t), Team No. 2 (130): Cole Noctor, Bob Knudson, John Hollow, Luke Pokorny, Perry Hawbaker, Mark Evankovich, Craig Durkin, Tom Kavran.
7 (t), Team No. 12 (130): Jerry Rapp, Shane Martin, Ryan Murphy, Mike Sweeney, Mark Cannon, Jerry Bates, Mark Tuck, Jim Driscoll.
7 (t), Team No. 18 (130): Mike Rapp, Robert Cline, Kevin St. John, Bob Dolan, Greg Shaw, Jim LeProwse, Rob Harrington, Tom Brustai.
7 (t), Team No. 19 (130): Mark Hodges, Colton Rudie, John Merrick, Andy Durkin, Ed Kelly, Jim Bennett, Mike Jewett, Larry Ferguson.



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