Local golfer cards third-place finish in tour finale

Sweet Grass County High School’s Blake Finn got some extra work in this summer, playing in the Wheat Montana Junior Golf Tour. He wrapped up the summer excursion with a third-place finish at Cottonwood Hills Golf Club in Bozeman with a 3-over 75 in the tour’s finale on July 31. 

The front nine was a little kinder to the junior golfer, who shot 35. But after a rough start on the back half, Finn evened out with five pars in the final five holes to make it back up to third place.

“The front nine I did really well. I was 2-under through my first four holes, and then I bogeyed the seventh hole and finished 1-under 35,” Finn said. “The back nine, I started off on a rough start. I was four over on my first four holes on the back, but finished even on my last five.”

The Wheat Montana Junior Golf Tour was formed in 1986 by a group of local golfers from Bozeman. Since then, the tour has blossomed into a chance for girls and boys, ages 7 to 17 from Bozeman and the surrounding Gallatin Valley area, to compete across six or seven events each summer.

There are six qualifying tournaments, starting June 19 this year at Bridger Creek Golf Club. The top three from each of the six tournaments qualify for the finale in Bozeman.

“It’s fun. You get to know more people and make new friends,” Finn said. “It’s also good to play tournament golf in the summer to get yourself ready for next season. Hopefully we can do well, I can do well at state. I’m hoping for a top-three finish at state this year.”

Finn paced the Herders along to a fifth-place finish at the Class B State Golf Tournament in Shelby last spring. Finn shot 77 and 76 for a two-day score of 153. 

Other golf courses on the tour’s list this summer included Big Sky Golf Course, Valley View Golf Club, Riverside Country Club, Madison Meadows Golf Course and Headwaters Golf Club. 

PHOTO CAPTION: Blake Finn stands with his third-place trophy after the Wheat Montana Junior Golf Tour finale on July 31. (Contributed photo)

By STEPHEN KALB-KOENIGSFELD / Big Timber Pioneer

 

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