Lehtola, Porch Win Beacon Pro-Scratch in Playoff

Lehtola and Porch teamed up to shoot 63- 65 — 128 to win this year's tournament

By Dillon Tabish

Jason Lehtola and Ryan Porch edged Jimmy Mee and Joe Cielak in a one-hole playoff to win the ninth annual Flathead Beacon Pro-Scratch Invitational golf tournament at Northern Pines on July 26.

Lehtola and Porch teamed up to shoot 63- 65 — 128 to win this year’s tournament. The victory came only a few days after Porch, a Kalispell native, won the Montana State Amateur Golf Championship in Laurel.

Mee and Cielak rallied to tie Lehtola and Porch after shooting a 10-under 62 on Tuesday, forcing a sudden-death playoff.

This year’s Beacon Pro-Scratch featured a full field of 36 teams with many of the best professional and amateur golfers in Montana.

“Tom Clary approached me nine years ago with a unique idea of having a tournament for the pros and low-handicap amateurs where it was all about golfing your ball without handicaps,” Maury Povich, the owner of the Flathead Beacon, said. “I immediately bought into the idea and the Beacon has been proud to be its title sponsor.”


Ninth Annual Flathead Beacon Pro-Scratch Invitational

Eagle Bend, July 25 / Northern Pines, July 26

Par 72

Jason Lehtola/Ryan Porch, 63-65 — 128*

Jimmy Mee/ Joe Cielak, 66-62 — 128

Tyler Martin/Brad Grattan, 65-65 — 130

Jacob Wilson/Eli Rogers, 67-65 — 132

John Jacobs/John Cole, 67-66 — 133

Cameron Milton/Paull Veroulis, 68-65 — 133

Casey Keyser/Ryan Buls, 65-69 — 134

Ryan Malby/Chuck Eble, 67-71 — 138

Jess Roper/Logan Lindholm, 69-69 — 138

Patrick Clary/Logan Iverson, 71-68 — 139

Brian Beach/Mike Mattson, 73-68 — 141

Tim Brown/George Chase, 70-71 — 141

Tod Fitterer/Ross Bartell, 73-68 — 141

Lon Hinkle/Maury Povich, 69-71 — 141

Scott Longenecker/Rich Franco, 73-68 — 141

David Owens/Brad Palin, 72-69 — 141

Connor Sproull/ Sean Hauser, 71-70 — 141

Mike Wynne/Blu Funk, 74-68 — 142

John Kane/Barrett McDonald, 71-71 — 142

Kyle Mittlestadt/Bob Hasquet, 71-71 — 142

Greg Morris/Matt Olson, 72-70 — 142

Harrison Taylor/Kyle Mossfeldt, 72-70 — 142

Tom Clary/Ron Ramsey, 71-72 — 143

Gary Nye/Rick Reimers, 73-70 — 143

Tim Olson/Shawn Tucker, 66-77 — 143

Earl Rife/Cody Sherrill, 68-75 — 143

Kyle Long/Dean Chisholm, 71-73 — 144

Greg VanNatta/Ron Ramsbacher, 75-70 — 145

David Baucom/Larry Lippon, 71-77 — 148

Jeff Dooley/Jonny Cielak, 74-75 — 149

Andrew Binney/Jose Chirino, 78-72 — 150

Chris Nowlen/Steve Bell, 74-76 — 150

Joe Arriaga/Shane Bigelow, 79-74 — 153

Ian Kindy/Chuck Trayer, 77-76 — 153

Adam Long/Keith Ori, 78-76 — 154

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