LAUREL – Kalispell’s Ryan Porch fired an opening round -4, 68, Thursday to take a one-shot lead over a talented field at the Montana Men’s State Amateur golf tournament in Laurel.
Porch carded five birdies to just one bogey on the day. He’s headed into his senior year at the University of Idaho.
MSUB-commit Caleb Stetzner is one shot back after a -3, 69. The Anaconda native led the field with six birdies on the day, tying him with Whitefish’s Mark Mance, who also carded a 69 with six birdies.
Northwest Montana has plenty of representation at the top. Kalispell’s Logan Iverson is tied for fourth after a -2, 70. Iverson will be a senior at Colorado State in the fall.
Billings-native Jim Bob Coleman is the highest local competitor on the leaderboard, also firing a -2, 70.
Former State AA champ Sean Benson is three shots back of Porch’s lead after a -1, 71, which included five birdies. The Montana Tech Oredigger is tied with Hamilton’s Eli Rogers, who is going into his junior year at Utah State.
Other top local players include Billings’ Marcus Drange (E, 72) and Josh Hedge (72) and Huntley’s Colton Hudson (72).
Round 2 is Friday morning, with Porch in the first pairing off the 10th tee at 7:15 am.