Nicklaus impressed with health, appearance of Old Works in his first visit since 1994


Jack Nicklaus, designer of Old Works G.C., talks to the media about the course he designed 20 years ago from the driving range. BLAKE HEMPSTEAD/CS PHOTO


The scene was golden at the Old Works on Wednesday afternoon, as Jack Nicklaus returned to the course he designed 20 years ago for an anniversary celebration.


Nicklaus drove around the course, seeing the 18 holes that he designed over 20 years ago for the first time since the grand opening.


“Golf course looks good, they did a nice job taking care of it,” Nicklaus said. “I remembered half the holes probably, as far as what they were, but then I remembered, I knew we tried to use the elements of the old flumes and furnaces, I remember how we tried to use that.”

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Stetzner adds another title, claims two-day Old Works Am

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Anaconda senior Caleb Stetzner stands with his first place trophy from last weekend’s Old Works Amateur. COURTESY PHOTO


Anaconda’s Caleb Stetzner put another trophy in the collection last weekend, adding his first Old Works Amateur title. Stetzner’s 3-under 144 was good for a six-shot win over his nearest competitor highlighted by his Saturday 69 on the Par-72 layout.

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Stetzner qualifies for Junior America’s, Montana-Alberta Cup


Stetzner with AHS golf coach Mark Torney. PHOTO COPYRIGHT CS PHOTO

Caleb Stetzner’s summer golf tour brought him to Polson, Montana, this week as he played in the Montana State Junior Championship at Polson Bay Golf Course.


Stetzner began his week Tuesday, as he fired off an impressive 5-under round of 67. The score was very low, but not quite low enough to qualify Stetzner for the Callaway World Golf Championships at Torrey Pines. Stetzner caught an unlucky break in the situation, as only the first day matters towards Callaway qualifying.

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Stetzner has busy week on links


Caleb Stetzner tees off on No. 6 at Anaconda Country Club last season for Anaconda High. PHOTO COPYRIGHT CS PHOTO


Caleb Stetzner spent this week in Bozeman participating in a pair of junior golf qualifying tournaments. His week began on Monday at Riverside Country Club as he participated in the Montana State Junior Championship. The qualifier in Bozeman was one of five district qualifiers. Stetzner, who placed at the state event last season, had already qualified for the state tournament this season. Still, tournament golf is a great experience for even the most seasoned golfers.

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SWMJGT registering youth golfers for 2015 season

The South West Montana Junior Golf Tour is now taking signups for its 2015 Summer Golf Tour for boys and girls age 12-17. First event is Tuesday, June 16 at Highland View GC; with additional events following at Butte CC; Hamilton GC; Deer Park GC; Fairmont Hot Springs GC; Beaverhead GC; Meadow Lark CC; Anaconda CC and the Tour Championship at Old Works GC.Logo1

For rules, info and to join the Tour, Sign-up online at

A $175 Tour Registration Fee gets you all this: Golf @ 9 events this summer; complimentary Lunch & Refreshments at each tourney; Tour logo bag tag; golf towel; USGA rules book; awards medals and trophies and a competitive environment to improve your golf game.

For a complete schedule of events, log on to

Old Works hosts Tim Mahoney, top-50 golf instructor

Tim Mahoney gives Anaconda's Sparkey McLean a lesson during his visit to Old Works clear back in 2008.

Tim Mahoney gives Anaconda’s Sparkey McLean a lesson during his visit to Old Works clear back in 2008.


The Old Works golf course in Anaconda will be the home to professional golf instructor Tim Mahoney on the weekend of June 13-14. Mahoney begins his lessons on Saturday morning at 9 a.m., when he will be hosting a swing clinic. He follows the swing clinic up at 11 a.m. Saturday with a short game lesson. The two sessions are $30 each, and available to the public.

Mahoney will then take some individual lessons, starting at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon and continuing until 5 p.m. These lessons are $100/hour, and give golfers a great chance for some 1-on-1 time with one of golf’s finest instructors.

Junior golfers will have their chance to work with Mahoney on Sunday, when he is hosting a junior developmental clinic running from 8:30-11:30 a.m. His time in Anaconda concludes with a full swing lesson, beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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Mahoney is juniors friendly, pictured here with a young Geoff Dierenfeldt on the Old Works range in 2008.

Mahoney is known around the world as one of the very best teachers of the game of golf. He was recognized by both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine as a top-50 instructor in the world. He has taught golf for over 35 years, and has published over 500 articles on the sport, according to his official website.

For more information on how to sign up, clink on the PDF link below, call the Old Works clubhouse at (406) 563-5989 or log on to the Web site at


Stetzner ties for 14th in US Open qualifier eight shots off medalist pace


Stetzner tees off during his championship-winning season last year at Anaconda Country Club. PHOTO COPYRIGHT CS PHOTO


MISSOULA – Anaconda High junior Caleb Stetzner laced up his golf shoes against some of the best golfers in the Northwest and fared extremely well in Tuesday’s local US Open golf qualifier held at the Missoula Country Club.

Stetzner’s 4-over 75 (36-39) was eight shots off the pace set by medalist Mitchell Fox of Calgary. Fox’s 67, along with Daniel Bruson of Wilson, Wyo., and Travis Hofland of Twin Falls, Id., who both shot 68, qualified for their respective Sectional Qualifiers. Continue reading