(Photo courtesy: Jerek Wolcott)

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Joey Moore has gone from a Golden Bear to an Aztec. Moore, the Class AA state golf champion from Billings West, signed his national letter of intent during Wednesday’s national signing day.

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Moore capped his high school career in style in late September, dominating the Buffalo Hill Golf Club in Kalispell for a new Class AA record of 11-under-par. Moore shot 67-66 to win his second straight individual title. He also finished runner-up as a freshman and sophomore.

Entering the final hole in this year’s state meet, Moore needed a birdie to tie the Class AA record of 10-under-par he set the season before. After driving the green on the par-4 18th, nearly holing out, an easy eagle tap allowed Moore to break his own record, toppling runner-up Duncan Hollar of Great Falls CMR by 13 strokes.

As a junior in 2016, Moore went 68-66 for a two-day total of 134, 10 strokes better than par. Moore fell to Kalispell Glacier’s Tom Mann in 2015, losing by only two strokes at Helena’s Bill Roberts Golf Course. Billings Senior’s Sean Benson defeated Moore and Billings Skyview’s Payton Stott by a single stroke in 2014.

Moore guided Billings West to three consecutive team championships from 2014 to 2016. The Golden Bears finished in a tie for second place this fall, with Great Falls CMR earning the Class AA title.

San Diego State competes in the Mountain West Conference. The Aztecs finished eighth in the NCAA’s regional round last season.

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