Hinkle, Povich Win Beacon Pro-Scratch in Dramatic Fashion

Maury Povich sinks long putt on final hole to secure title at two-day tournament

By Andy Viano

Maury Povich drained a 72-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole at Kalispell’s Northern Pines Golf Club to give he and teammate Lon Hinkle a one-stroke victory in the 11th annual Flathead Beacon Pro-Scratch Invitational on July 24.

Povich and Hinkle finished with a two-day total of 131, carding a 66 on Tuesday after opening the tournament with a 65 at Bigfork’s Eagle Bend Golf Club one day earlier. The pair edged out Larry Barber and Tyler Erickson (66-66—132). Ryan Malby and Chuck Eble (66-67—133) were third.

Hinkle is a former PGA professional who posted a pair of top-six finishes at the U.S. Open in the early 1980s. Povich is the owner of the Beacon. Barber and Erickson won the tournament in 2017.

The two-day tournament brings together some of the top professional and amateur golfers from throughout Montana to compete. The better-ball tournament attracted 34 teams of pros and amateurs who played for $15,000 in prize money.


11th annual Flathead Beacon Pro-Scratch Invitational

Eagle Bend Golf Club/Northern Pines Golf Club

July 23-24


Lon Hinkle/Maury Povich, 65-66—131

Larry Barber/Tyler Erickson, 66-66—132

Ryan Malby/Chuck Eble, 66-67—133

Tyler Martin/Brad Grattan, 67-69—136

Kyle Poore/Joseph Potkonjak, 67-69—136

Jimmy Mee/Al Martin, 72-64—136

Jake Wilson/Brad Palin, 66-71—137

Tim Olson/Shawn Tucker, 70-67—137

Brian Grosswiler/Scott Grosswiler, 67-71—138

Jess Roper/Logan Lindholm, 69-69—138

Mike Wynne/Blu Funk, 69-69—138

Mike Lyons/Bill Simmons, 70-68—138

Harrison Taylor/Jason Winkler, 70-68—138

Brett Upper/Rick Reimers, 70-68—138

David Owens/Kyle Cianflone, 67-72—139

John Jacobs/Kyle Parker, 69-70—139

Geoffrey Buchanan/Timm Turner, 70-70—140

Tom Clary/Ron Ramsey, 71-69—140

Kenny Giannini/Keith Woznesensky, 71-69—140

John Kane/Barrett McDonald, 71-69—140

Andrew Lettrich/Ryan Pinkerton, 73-68—141

Greg Morris/Jim Marsh, 73-69—142

Kyle Long/Dean Chisholm, 74-68—142

Greg VanNatta/Bill Dunn, 72-71—143

Joe Arriaga/Alan Bubes, 71-73—144

Jeff Dooley/Jonny Cielak, 71-73—144

Adam Long/Ross Bartell, 74-70—144

Cameron Milton/Paull Veroulis, 74-70—144

Casey Keyser/Ryan Buls, 78-67—145

Jason Lehtola/Bob Hasquet, 73-73—146

Andrew Binney/James Williams, 72-78—150

David Baucom/Larry Lippon, 76-74—150

Aaron Koerner/Casey Diaz, 77-74—151

Cody Olson/Russ DeVore, 84-70—154

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