Eagle Bend golfer Jeff Niesen is the first-round chief on the Montana State Senior Event after capturing a 3-under 69 Tuesday at Meadow Lake Golf Membership.
Niesen had 4 birdies, together with on the primary two holes he performed within the shotgun begin — Nos. 4 and 5 — and a bogey whereas constructing a six-shot lead over Gene Walsh of Whitefish Lake Golf Membership and Dave Stengel of The Ranch Membership in Missoula.
The event lasts 54 holes, switching venues from Buffalo Hill Golf Membership to Meadow Lake to Whitefish Lake Golf Membership.
All however one of many prime 20 golfers (and ties) Tuesday performed Meadow Lake; that very same group will play Whitefish Lake Wednesday and Buffalo Hill on Thursday.
The one interloper is Mike Lincoln of Buffalo Hill, who fired a 79 on his dwelling course. He’ll play Meadow Lake Wednesday.
Walsh and Stengel lead a gaggle of 21 golfers with six strokes.
BIll Dunn of Missoula Nation Membership, Invoice Leach of Livingston Golf Membership and Hunter Lloyd of Bridger Creek Golf Membership (Bozeman) are tied for fourth at 76. Dunn is the defending event champion and received the Senior Division on the Montana State Am that concluded in Bozeman Saturday.
Brad Grattan of Whitefish Lake, Carl Funk of Polson Bay Golf Membership, Earl Rife of Northern Pines Golf Membership and Tony Kindle of Marian Hills (Malta) all fired opening-day 77s, and sit tied for seventh.
Walsh has the very best spherical among the many Freshman Division, for ages 55-62; Niesen performs within the Sophomore Division, or ages 63-69. Ron Janney’s 80 leads the Junior Division (70-77) and Lauren McClurg out of Eagle Bend shot an 81 to steer the Senior Division (78-plus).
Montana State Seniors Championship
Aug. 2-4, Kalispell
Jeff Niesen, Eagle Bend GC 69
Gene Walsh, Whitefish Lake GC 75
Dave Stengel, The Ranch Membership 75
Invoice Dunn, Missoula CC 76
Invoice Leach, Livingston GC 76
Hunter Lloyd, Bridger Creek GC 76
Brad Grattan, Whitefish Lake GC 77
Carl Funk, Polson Bay GC 77
Earl Rife, Northern Pines GC 77
Tony Kindle, Marian Hills GC 77
Joe Cielak, Cupboard View GC 78
Marshall Bettendorf, Madison Meadows 78
Mike Lincoln, Buffalo Hill GC 79
Ron Ramsbacher, Missoula CC 79
Lou Bahin, Canyon River GC 79
Rod Brady, Whitefish Lake GC 79
Will Eide, Valley View 79
Martine Reilly, Fairmont GC 79
Brady Selle, Cupboard View GC 79
Ron Janney, Wilderness Membership 80
David Meeks, Eagle Bend GC 80
Lee Levine, Riverside GC 80
Full outcomes and tee instances may be discovered at msgagolf.org