West High's Joey Moore

Billings West's Joey Moore taps in on the 9th hole at the Yegen Golf Club on Monday. Moore fired a 10-under-par 61 in the opening round.

CASEY PAGE, Gazette Staff

Billings West golfer Joey Moore stole the show Monday during the opening round of the Billings Invitational, shooting a staggering 10-under-par 61 at Peter Yegen.

The 17-year-old's personal-best scorecard included nine-hole splits of 29 on the front and 32 on the back. His day, possibly one of the best-ever by a Class AA golfer, was highlighted by a double eagle on the 528-yard, par-5 fourth hole.

Moore, who is the reigning Class AA champion, hit a 9-iron 163 yards for his two after teeing off with his driver.

"He's special to watch," West coach Marcus Drange said. "He seems to be somewhat of a headliner. He likes that. He thrives on the pressure."

While state records can be a bit sketchy, Moore's 61 matched the blistering round achieved by Libby's Ryggs Johnston last spring during the first round at the State B tournament in Shelby.

In addition to the double eagle, Moore also carded birdies on holes 1, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 18 on Monday. He was 9-under through his first 11 holes.

He leads Bozeman's JR Small and Laurel's Paul O'Neil by eight strokes heading into Tuesday's second and final round at Lake Hills.

West leads the boys standings by two strokes, 288-290, over Great Falls.

On the girls' side, West sophomore Carrie Carpenter is leading the way with an even-par 71. She was 3-under on her final nine holes in also compiling her personal-best round.

Kameryn Basye of Bozeman is a shot back at 72.

Bozeman is leading West in the team standings, 310-322.

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