(Photo courtesy: Jerek Wolcott)

MISSOULA – With 18 holes in the books, the lone ticket to the U.S. Amateur Tournament is still up for grabs.

14 players sit within four shots of the lead heading into the second and final round at the Ranch Club on Tuesday morning. The winner will claim a spot in the U.S. Amateur Championships at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California next month.

Helena’s Riley Lawrence and Canada’s Evan Holmes both finished even par on the difficult course, to tie for the lead. Two trail by only one, two others trail by two, and a pack of five golfers shot 75 to finish three strokes back. That group includes Anaconda’s Caleb Stetzner. The MSU-Billings sophomore won the Montana State Am at the Missoula Country Club on Saturday.

The final round will begin at 8:30 Tuesday morning, with the final group teeing off at 9:30.

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T1. Riley Lawrence, Helena 72
T1. Evan Holmes, Canada 72
T3. Reid Hatley, Spokane 73
T3. Spencer Skipper, Coeur D’Alene 73
T5. Payton Stott, Billings 74
T5. Chandler McDowell, Canada 74
T7. Brendan MacDougall, Canada 75
T7. Bucky Crippen, Missoula 75
T7. Drew Dougherty, Canada 75
T7. Caleb Stetzner, Anaconda 75
T7. Nick Obie, Bozeman 75
T12. Maxwell Toejnes, Hamilton 76
T12. Panther Reckert, Canada 76
T12. Joseph Potkonjak, Bigfork 76
15. Mark Mance, Whitefish 78
T16. Will Ellagard, Scottsdale, AZ 80
T16. Dane Martinson, Billings 80
T18. Garrett Woodin, Billings 81
T18. Curtis Demonest, Canada 81
20. Frank Jackson, Missoula 83
21. Brennan Stillinger, Couer D’Alene 84