WHITEFISH – Brandon McIver carded his second straight round in the 60s Friday to build a four-stroke lead after the second round of the Montana State Men's Amateur golf tournament at Whitefish Lake’s North Course.
The 20-year-old Billings golfer, who competes for the University of Oregon, shot a 4-under-par 68 to give him a 36-hole total of 7-under 137 heading into Saturday’s final round of the 54-hole tournament.
Missoula’s Tom Swanson, who competes for the University of Michigan, played his way into the final pairing by matching McIver’s round of 68. Swanson stands at 3-under 141.
Swanson and McIver, the defending champ, were the only golfers to break 70 on Friday.
Also in Saturday’s final foursome will be Jake Hedge of Billings, who carded a 71 on Friday to stand at 143, six strokes behind the leader.
The top three golfers are the only players under par for the tournament.
Three players -- Spencer Williams of East Helena, Brian Beach of Missoula and Ryan Porch of Kalispell -- stand at even-par 144 entering the final round.
Ross Bartell of Great Falls and Marcus Drange of Billings are at 1-over 145, eight strokes behind the leader.
Golfers will tee off Saturday at 7:20 a.m. The leaders are scheduled to begin at 12:10 p.m.