Stetzner, Joyce compete for Montana in Lethbridge

Montana golfers recently competed in the Montana/Alberta Cup at Lethbridge Country Club in Lethbridge, Canada.  Montana boys golfers in the competition included Jonny Cielak, Caleb Stetzner, Schafer Paladichuk, Joseph Potkanjak, Ryggs Johnston, and Joey Moore.  The girls representing Montana were Tiegan Avery, Hayden Flohr, Catrina Babinez, Hannah Rosanova, Tricia Joyce and Kaelyn Volk.

Joyce is a freshman at Butte Central. She opened her high school career Monday at the Butte Central Invitational. Stetzner, of Anaconda, won the Class A State title last fall.

To qualify for the event, the junior golfers competed in the Montana State Junior Tournament: to qualify, the juniors must place in the top two 15, 16, and 17 year-olds.

The Montana boys had a very successful week in Alberta. The first round was highlighted by Joey Moore and Ryggs Johnston who won all three potential points in the morning four ball format. The remaining teams of Jonny Cielak/Caleb Stetzner and Schafer Paladichuk/Joseph Potkonjak each scored two and a half points in their matches. The Montana team jumped to an early 8-1 lead after the morning four ball.

Johnston and Moore continued their hot play in the afternoon capturing all three points in the chapman format as well. In the singles’ matches, Jonny Cielak and Caleb Stetzner, and Joseph Potkonjak were the stars of the Montana team, capturing eight of the potential nine points in their matches. Joey Moore also scored two and half points and Ryggs Johnston scored one point. The Montana boys cruised to victory, beating the Alberta team by a score of 22.5 to 13.

Although the Montana girls did not win the Montana/Alberta Cup, coaches Joe Rossman and Sparkey McLain note that they played well.

The girls struggled in the first round, and found themselves trailing 8.5 to 0.5 after the morning four ball.  Tiegan Avery and Hayden Flohr captured the sole half point for the girls. The Montana girls bounced back in round two however, and won the afternoon chapman 5.5 against Alberta’s 3.5.  The 12-6 deficit after day one proved to be insurmountable deficit for the Montana girls, however.

They Montana girls won 8.5 points in the singles matches to 9.5 by the Albertan team. Tiegan Avery and Hayden Flohr won all three points in their singles matches, while Tricia Joyce captured two points, and Kaelyn Volk earned half point.  The Alberta team won the girls’ division by a total of 21.5 to 14.5.

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