The top of the leaderboard at the 50th annual Anaconda Country Club Men’s Invitational was littered with Butte golfers after weather-shortened play on Sunday.
Todd Hawke and Gary Dudden of Butte claimed the A Division of the tournament, following up their best ball score of 59 on Saturday with a net 64 on Sunday for a two-day total of 123.
Dudden fired a 38, Hawke a 39 in the pouring rain Sunday afternoon to maintain their day one lead. They separated themselves from Vern Kingston, Jr. and Wyatt Kingston of Butte, who also shot a 59 on Saturday.
The Kingston’s combined for a net score of 71 on Sunday to slip to third place, overtaken by J.P Gallagher and Bill Kingston of Butte by a half stroke.
Spencer Parks and James Van Vynck moved into a tie for third place in the A Division at 130 behind a 36 gross from Parks.
In the B Division, Brian and Kaven Noctor of Butte vaulted into first place behind a tournament-low 55 on Saturday and never looked back, extending the lead on Sunday with a net 69.5.
Their two-day total of 124.5 put them six strokes ahead of the nearest competition, Marty Reilly and Jeff Kreyssler of Butte, at 130.5.
Mark and Kevin Noctor rounded out the podium in the B division with a 132, helped along by a gross score of 37, the lowest in the B Division, from Mark.
Jim Solan had the shot of the tournament on Saturday. Solan used a 6-hybrid to ace the par three second hole from 168 yards out.
He won the right to buy a round of drinks after golf and also the closest to the pin competition on No. 2. Bill Edwards just missed an ace on No. 8 to win the KP in Saturday’s 1:00 shotgun.
Curt Gannon and Brian Robbins each won KP’s in the 8:00 shotgun, with Kyle Gannon and Joe Reisenauer claiming the day’s long drives.
On Sunday morning, Terry Martin and Ted Regan won closest to the pin, with Gary Ohman and Marty Reilly hitting nice shots on the par threes in the afternoon.
Ted Wood and Todd Hawke had the longest drives on Sunday.
Cory Donahue had the lowest gross round on Sunday, firing an even-par round of 35. He improbably remained even despite the pouring rain and a train-wreck of a teammate.
The threat of thunderstorms and pouring rain forced the 50th annual tournament to be shortened to a nine hole competition on Sunday.