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Moore closes out Montana State Amateur victory
Joey Moore
Joey Moore

After completing his sophomore season at San Diego State University, Joey Moore has added the Montana State Amateur title to his resume. Moore, a Billings, Mont., native, struggled to the finish at Meadow Lark Country Club in Great Falls, Mont., but had built himself enough of an early-week cushion to be able to finish off the victory.

Moore was flawless in the first two rounds. He didn’t make a bogey for the first 36 holes. His opening rounds of 66-64 included an eagle each day – at the par-5 third in the opening round and at the par-5 ninth in the second round.

Saturday’s final round was a different story. Moore was 2 over in his first four holes, then made his first “other” at No. 8 – a double bogey from which he rebounded with a birdie at No. 9. There was another birdie at No. 11, but Moore bogeyed No. 16 then tripled his final hole. All told, he came out with 78, one of the highest scores of the day on the top portion of the leaderboard. He still finished the week at 8 under, which was three better than runner-up Ryggs Johnston.

Johnston, a recent high school graduate headed to Arizona State, also struggled to close. He opened with rounds of 67-69 but turned in a final-round 75.

Liam Clancy, who recently completed his freshman season at the University of Wyoming, had the only other 54-hole total under par. He was 2 under after steady rounds of 71-72-71.

Garrett Woodin was solo fourth at even par.

ABOUT THE Montana State Amateur

54-hole stroke play championship run by the Montana State Golf Association. Must be a legal resident of Montana, a current member of the Montana State Golf Association, and have a maximum established handicap index of 12.0.

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