McIver Defends State Am Title; Porch Takes Second

Kalispell's Ryan Porch finished with a 1-under 71 to earn runner-up

By Dillon Tabish

The remarkable summer continues for Brandon McIver.

The Billings native shot his best round in three days on Saturday to win his second consecutive Montana State Men’s Amateur championship at Whitefish Lake Golf Club.

McIver carded a 5-under 67 and finished with a three-day total of 204. He shot 69 the first day and 68 the second.

Kalispell’s Ryan Porch finished tied for second, 73-68-71—212. Tom Swanson of Missoula carded 73-68-71—212.

Logan Lindholm of Kalispell earned seventh, 73-75-70—218 and Brad Grattan of Whitefish was tied for eighth, 75-74-70—219. Other locals finishing in the top 20 were Mark Mance of Whitefish (76-73-73—222) and Bigfork’s Ryan Keenan (74-73-78—225).

McIver, 20, will be a junior at the University of Oregon this fall. He competed at the U.S. Open earlier this summer. He won last year’s State Am tournament by eight strokes at Helena.

Porch, a former prep standout from Glacier High School, will be a sophomore at the University of Idaho in the fall.

97th annual Montana State Men’s Amateur Golf Tournament
At Whitefish Lake Golf Club
North Course
Par 72
Saturday’s Final Results
Brandon McIver, Billings 69-68-67—204
Tom Swanson, Missoula 73-68-71—212
Ryan Porch, Kalispell 70-74-68—212
Marcus Drange, Billings 72-73-68—213
Jake Hedge, Billings 72-71-73—216
Ross Bartell, Great Falls 72-73-72—217
Logan Lindholm, Kalispell 73-75-70—218
Brad Grattan, Whitefish 75-74-70—219
Spencer Williams, East Helena 72-72-75—219
Brian Beach, Missoula 72-72-75—219
Joey Moore, Billings 72-76-72—220
Brad Palin, Victor 78-71-72—221
Mark Mance, Whitefish 76-73-73—222
Eli Rogers, Hamilton 72-77-74—223
Ryan Keenan, Bigfork 74-73-78—225
Jordy Donoven, Kremlin 71-82-72—225
AJ Nelson, Huntley 75-75-75—225
Taylor Noble, Columbus 72-79-74—225
Connor Hausauer, Bozeman 78-74-73—225
Parker Heller, Helena 75-76-75—226
Craig Hurlbert, Hamilton 77-76-73—226
Jason Winkler, Kalispell 72-76-78—226
Cody Sherrill, Kalispell 77-73-77—227
Reed Platke, Whitefish 74-78-76—228
Logan Iverson, Kalispell 81-72-76—229
Austin Walter, Billings 78-73-79—230
Justin Ahlers, Helena 73-74-83—230
Tate Tatom, Gallatin Gateway 72-75-85—232
Camden Caraveau, Billings 77-76-79—232
Bill Dunn, Missoula 77-74-81—232
Joe Cielak, Libby 74-79-80—233
Joel Mallams, Whitefish 73-80-81—234

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