MISSOULA — Kalispell’s Chance Wachholz and Shelby native Pete Svennungsen won the Open Division of the Montana State Doubles Championship Sunday at the Peak.
The win marks the third time they teamed to win the title, and it is Wachholz’s fifth state doubles title. They defeated Eric Plummer and Chris Tico of Idaho in a thrilling final 10-21, 21-15, 11-10.
Missoula’s Kirk Johnson and Doug Davis defeated Billings’ Jeff Armstrong and Helena’s Dan Adams to win the Super Golden Masters Division for players 60 and older. It is the second time they teamed to win a state title and Johnson’s seventh state doubles title.
East Helena’s John Larson teamed with Missoula’s Robin Peters to win the Diamond Masters Division for players 70 and older. They defeated Bozeman’s Sandy Gagnon and Rich Jones two matches to zero in a best of three match format. This is the fifteenth state doubles title for Robin Peters, which is the second most for any player, trailing only Dan Scilley who won 20.
Brett Badovinac and Don Foley of Butte claimed the A Division, which is the consolation of the open division, by defeating Sean Sandau and Brandt Montelius of Missoula.
Seeley Lake’s Todd Timboe and Whitefish’s Sam Baldridge won the combined B/Super Golden Consolation Division, defeating Dan and Dave O’Brien of Washington in the final.
The tournament honored Randy “Red Death” Jolliffe, who was severely injured in an accident last month and is facing a long recovery. Players wore REDSTRONG shirts and sent Randy group photo of all the players wearing the shirt in support.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for his benefit.
First Round – Don Schmidt and Dave Montelius, Missoula d. Jared Wierson, Missoula and Chris Graham, Billings; Sam Sottosanti and Marcus Madrazo, Butte d. Henry O’Brien, Missoula and Nathan O’Brien, Washington
Quarterfinals – Pete Svennungsen, Spokane and Chance Wachholz, Kalispell d. Schmidt and Montelius; Les Seago, Emigrant and Rick Edwards, Belgrade d. Sean Sandau and Brant Montelius, Missoula; Austin Meyers and Evin Groves, Bozeman d. Brett Badovinac and Don Foley, Butte; Eric Plummer and Chris Tico, Idaho d. Sottosanti and Madrazo
Semifinals – Svennungsen and Wachholz d. Seago and Edwards 21-7, 21-15; Plummer and Tico d. Meyers and Groves 12-21, 21-14, 11-1
Final – Svennugsen and Wachholz d. Plummer and Tico 10-21, 21-15, 11-10
Super Golden (60+)
Quarterfinals – Doug Davis and Kirk Johnson, Missoula d. Todd Timboe, Seely Lake and Sam Baldridge, Whitefish; Jeff Armstrong, Billings and Dan Adams, Helena d. John Larson, East Helena and Eric Howe, Divide; Tom Madrazo and Dan Bersanti, Butte d. Dan O’Brien and Dave O’Brien, Washington
Semifinals – Davis and Johnson d. Mike Myer and Wayne Moller, Billings; Armstrong and Adams d. Madrazo and Bersanti
Final – Davis and Johnson d. Armstrong and Adams 21-14, 21-12
Diamond Master (70+)
John Larson, East Helena and Robin Peters, Missoula d. Sandy Gagnon and Rich Jones, Bozeman
A Division (Open Consolation)
Semifinals – Sean Sandau and Brandt Montelius, Missoula d. Jared Wierson, Missoula and Chris Graham, Billings; Brett Badovinac and Don Foley, Butte d. Henry O’Brien, Missoula and Nathan O’Brien, Washington
Final – Badovinac and Foley d. Sandau and Montelius 20-21, 21-17, 11-5
B Division/Super Golden Consolation
Semifinals – Todd Timboe, Seely Lake and Sam Baldridge, Whitefish d. D. Plummer, Idaho and Vinny Chinikoylo, Missoula; Dan O’Brien and Dave O’Brien, Washington d. John Larson, East Helena and Eric Howe, Divide
Final – Timboe and Baldridge d. O’Brien and O’Brien 21-19, 17-21, 11-5