Jimmy Mee, Kyle Weaver Win 2023 Beacon Pro-Scratch

Missoula golfers post two-day total of 133, three stokes ahead of second place

By Micah Drew
A putter lines up a shot. Beacon file photo

After shooting the lowest single-round score on day one to take a slim, one-stroke lead, the Missoula team comprising Jimmy Mee and Kyle Weaver shot 66-67 to win the 14th annual Flathead Beacon Pro-Scratch Invitational with a dominating three-stroke advantage.

The annual two-day tournament at Bigfork’s Eagle Bend Golf Club and Kalispell’s Northern Pines Golf Club concluded Tuesday, and none of the other 29 teams could make up any ground on Mee and Weaver. Helena’s Chad Carlson and Great Falls’ Spencer Williams came the closest — matching Mee and Weaver’s second day round of 67 — but couldn’t overcome a three-stroke deficit from day one.

There was a three-way tie for third between Lon Hinkle and Maury Povich, Steven Williams and Joe Stover, and Travis Wright and Gabe Witham.

“It was the best I’ve played all summer,” said Povich, who won the 2018 Pro-Scratch on a 72-foot birdie putt. Povich owns the Flathead Beacon.

Last year’s winning duo, Tara Liebert and Ken Bush, finished tied for 11th.

Mee is originally from Libby, where he was a four-time all-state golfer for the Loggers. In addition to being an assistant golf professional at the Ranch Club in Missoula, Mee serves as the assistant coach for the University of Montana women’s golf program. He is also a five-time winner of the Montana Open, most recently in 2021.

The annual Beacon Pro-Scratch brings together some of the top professional and amateur golfers throughout Montana for a better-ball tournament. This year’s event drew 30 total teams and paid out more than $15,000.

15th Annual Flathead Beacon Pro-Scratch Invitational

Eagle Bend Golf Club/Northern Pines Golf Club
July 17-18

Jimmy Mee/ Kyle Weaver, 66-67 — 133  
Chad Carlson/ Spencer Williams, 69-67 — 136  
Lon Hinkle/ Maury Povich, 67-70 — 137  
Steven Williams/ Joe Stover, 70-67 — 137  
Travis Wright/ Gabe Witham, 70-67 — 137  
Alex Clemens/ Rick Reimers, 70-68 — 138  
David Owens/ Bryce Reed, 67-72 — 139  
Colton Stodghill/ Joseph Potkonjak, 68-71 — 139  
Andrew Binney/ Brett Damaskos, 72-68 — 140  
Geoffrey Buchanan/ Isaiah Weldon, 72-68 — 140  
Dudley Beard/ Ross Bartell, 71-70 — 141  
Tara Liebert/ Ken Bush, 70-71 — 141  
Jason Lehtola/ Bill Dunn, 71-70 — 141  
Logan Lindholm/ Justin Dorr, 73-68 — 141  
Casey Moen/ Corey Baubault, 72-69 — 141  
Jacob Wilson/ Les Jesop, 73-68 — 141  
Jeff Dooley/ Jonny Cielak, 72-70 — 142
Casey Keyser/ Ryan Buls, 72-70 — 142  
Nick Obie/ Jim Ness, 71-72 — 143  
Connor Sproull/ Bob Hasquet, 71-72 — 143  
Shawn Tucker/ Paull Veroulis, 70-73 — 143  
Brandon Dixon/ Paul Ianniello, 71-73 — 144  
Joe Arriaga/ David Sandler, 75-72 — 147  
Brian Beach/ Jose Chirino, 74-76 — 150  
Brian Grosswiler/ Scott Grosswiler, 76-74 — 150  
John Halligan/ Dan Maher, 77-75 — 152  
Jess Roper/ Brad Holmgren, 77-76 — 153  
Tom Clary/ Ron Ramsey, 77-77 — 154  
Larry White/ Ned Steiner, 72-82 — 154  
Brad Solander/ Gary Koprivica, 78-80 — 158

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