Libby's Joe Cielak (right) reacts after winning the 31st Montana State Mid-Amateur Championship on Saturday. (Photo courtesy: Jerek Wolcott)

HELENA – Libby’s Joe Cielak defeated Ross Bartell of Great Falls in a one-hole playoff at the 31st Montana State Mid-Amateur Championship at Green Meadow Country Club on Saturday.

Cielak shot a 4-under-par 67 on Saturday, forcing a tie with Bartell after the tournament’s three rounds. The Libby native hit six birdies, three each on the front and back nine. His bogey on No. 18, coupled with Bartell’s birdie, forced the playoff.

The duo headed back to the par-4 No. 1 hole and were deadlocked on the green with par attempts looming. Officials were forced to measure the distances to the hole, with Cielak shooting first. His seven-foot putt for par sunk and Bartell couldn’t match.

It was a wild finish to the 31st mid-am tournament, where Helena golfers Parker Heller and Brady Kirkeby each held leads in the first two rounds. Kirkeby, the Helena city champ, finished third, while Heller, a former mid-amateur champion, placed fifth. Defending champion Mark Mance of Whitefish earned a fourth-place finish in the tournament.

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2017 Montana State Mid-Amateur Golf Championships
Final leaderboard (asterisk refers to playoff)

1* Bartell, Ross 18 -3 -1 73 67 70 210
2* Cielak, Joe 18 -3 -4 70 73 67 210
3 Kirkeby, Brady 18 -1 +2 70 69 73 212
4 Mance, Mark 18 E -1 71 72 70 213
5 Heller, Parker 18 +1 +4 68 71 75 214
6 Leach, Bill 18 +3 E 73 72 71 216
7 Williams, Spencer 18 +4 -2 75 73 69 217
T8 MacIntyre, Bennett 18 +6 -5 81 72 66 219
T8 Hasquet, Bob 18 +6 -2 75 75 69 219
T10 Dietzen, Nick 18 +7 +4 69 76 75 220
T10 Waterman, Todd 18 +7 +1 74 74 72 220
T10 Williams, Michael 18 +7 +3 75 71 74 220
T13 Stinchfield, Grady 18 +8 +3 73 74 74 221
T13 Veroulis, Paull 18 +8 +1 72 77 72 221
T13 Grattan, Brad 18 +8 +4 69 77 75 221
T16 Casey, Kelly 18 +13 +2 74 79 73 226
T16 Schack, Jake 18 +13 +4 74 77 75 226
T16 Balcken, Nicholas 18 +13 +3 76 76 74 226
T16 Winkler, Jason 18 +13 +8 74 73 79 226
20 Parriman, Marc 18 +14 +9 73 74 80 227
21 Lovell, Joey 18 +16 +5 75 78 76 229
T22 Ramsbacher, Ron 18 +17 +6 79 74 77 230
T22 Houser, Mark 18 +17 +5 80 74 76 230
T22 Vanyo, Drew 18 +17 +10 73 76 81 230
25 Lukkes, Jeremy 18 +18 +10 78 72 81 231
T26 Anderson, Jay 18 +19 +7 76 78 78 232
T26 Woldtvedt, Tobin 18 +19 +4 79 78 75 232
T28 HALL, Tom 18 +20 +5 76 81 76 233
T28 Fuhs, Derek 18 +20 +5 75 82 76 233
T28 Anderson jr, Bob 18 +20 +7 80 75 78 233
31 Logsdon, Rob 18 +21 +8 82 73 79 234
32 Campbell, John 18 +22 +6 80 78 77 235
T33 Meddock, Dylon 18 +23 +8 84 73 79 236
T33 Walsh, Justin 18 +23 +7 73 85 78 236
T33 Dunn, Mike 18 +23 +9 81 75 80 236
36 Hatveldt, Brandon 18 +24 +7 78 81 78 237
37 Dunn, Bill 18 +25 +5 77 85 76 238
T38 Pallister, Zach 18 +26 +6 78 84 77 239
T38 Richter, Dan 18 +26 +9 78 81 80 239
T38 Doniak, Josh 18 +26 +11 77 80 82 239
T38 Sellman, Rich 18 +26 +6 84 78 77 239
T38 Maddio, Vj 18 +26 +8 77 83 79 239
T38 Babb, Stephen 18 +26 +7 81 80 78 239
T44 Luce, Mark 18 +27 +6 81 82 77 240
T44 Marston, Nathan 18 +27 +9 79 81 80 240
46 Jackson, Frank 18 +28 +2 87 81 73 241
T47 Thelen, Chad 18 +29 +7 87 77 78 242
T47 Cline, Robert 18 +29 +12 84 75 83 242
T47 Ratliff, Taylor 18 +29 +12 77 82 83 242
T50 Marsh, Scott 18 +30 +12 81 79 83 243
T50 Forrette, Rick 18 +30 +14 80 78 85 243
T52 Streeter, Dave 18 +31 +5 83 85 76 244
T52 Yousko, Jon 18 +31 +14 84 75 85 244
T54 Benson, Peter 18 +32 +12 82 80 83 245
T54 Lewis, Michael 18 +32 +12 78 84 83 245
T54 Thoennes, Chuck 18 +32 +7 86 81 78 245
57 Hustwaite, Nick 18 +33 +8 85 82 79 246
T58 Berry, Shawn 18 +34 +10 78 88 81 247
T58 Osterhout, Dylan 18 +34 +13 78 85 84 247
T60 Smith, Travis 18 +35 +10 86 81 81 248
T60 Faechner, Jerry 18 +35 +20 81 76 91 248
T62 Vidulich, Chris 18 +37 +8 86 85 79 250
T62 Eide, Willie 18 +37 +13 84 82 84 250
T64 Taylor, Scott 18 +38 +10 76 94 81 251
T64 Pelletier, Lee 18 +38 +13 82 85 84 251
T66 Skinner, Mike 18 +40 +16 79 87 87 253
T66 Johnson, Wade 18 +40 +14 79 89 85 253
68 Fauth, Mike 18 +41 +8 83 92 79 254
T69 Wurz, Sam 18 +42 +11 88 85 82 255
T69 Walley, Jason 18 +42 +15 79 90 86 255
71 Schumacher, Patrick 18 +43 +18 82 85 89 256
72 Noel, Jesse 18 +44 +22 85 79 93 257
T73 Babinecz, Thom 18 +45 +18 88 81 89 258
T73 Weaver, Dave 18 +45 +11 88 88 82 258
T75 Ayers, Cody 18 +46 +13 89 86 84 259
T75 Walsh, Mike 18 +46 +13 82 93 84 259
T75 Lytle, Jerry 18 +46 +18 90 80 89 259
T78 Lunsford, Lee 18 +47 +10 96 83 81 260
T78 Wong, Michael 18 +47 +13 91 85 84 260
T80 Robb, Bryon 18 +48 +17 82 91 88 261
T80 Dundas, Todd 18 +48 +24 83 83 95 261
T82 Bellach, Jeff 18 +49 +15 93 83 86 262
T82 Spencer, Jim 18 +49 +15 89 87 86 262
84 Barker, Brett 18 +50 +15 88 89 86 263
85 Fraser, David 18 +51 +19 83 91 90 264
86 Crouse, Jeremy 18 +52 +14 92 88 85 265
87 Braun, John 18 +54 +14 89 93 85 267
T88 Colvin, Steve 18 +55 +16 91 90 87 268
T88 Degele, Bob 18 +55 +17 90 90 88 268
T90 Kastelitz, Rod 18 +56 +20 82 96 91 269
T90 Higbee, J.R. 18 +56 +15 92 91 86 269
T90 Heigis, Shane 18 +56 +19 87 92 90 269
93 Hicks, Garry 18 +57 +17 88 94 88 270
94 Braun, Kevin 18 +62 +23 90 91 94 275
95 Stiles, Troy 18 +65 +23 92 92 94 278
96 Wagner, Tony 18 +67 +25 99 85 96 280
97 Gorman, Todd 18 +69 +20 97 94 91 282
98 Hedge, Bill 18 +75 +15 95 107 86 288
99 Walsh, Mike 18 +78 +28 96 96 99 291
100 Evans, Terry 18 +90 +27 113 92 98 303
101 Gransbery, Wayne 18 +93 +32 108 95 103 306
– Whitehead, Robert +7 – 78 – – NS

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