Missoula's Hill wins Senior Amateur

2014-08-07T17:34:00Z 2014-08-09T15:24:04Z Missoula's Hill wins Senior Amateur The Billings Gazette
August 07, 2014 5:34 pm

RONAN -- Joe Hill of Missoula closed with a 3-under-par 69 on Thursday to win the Montana State Senior Golf Association's Senior Amateur by two strokes over defending champion Ron Garland of Bozeman.

The 67-year-old Hill, who is originally from Michigan, captured his first Montana title with a strong finish at Buffalo Hill Golf Club. He shot a 54-hole total of 215 (73-73-69).

Garland, a three-time champion, closed with a 74 at Buffalo Hill and placed second at 217 (69-74-74). Steve Bell of Missoula and Fred Schweitzer of Bozeman tied for third at 220.

Garland and Schweitzer were tied for the lead -- three strokes ahead of Hill -- heading into the final round. Schweitzer closed with a 77.

Earl Rife of Kalispell and Lee Levine of Bozeman tied for fifth at 223.

The 54-hole Senior Amateur attracted 320 golfers, age 55 and over. They played on the Buffalo Hill, Village Greens and Whitefish Lake Golf Club courses over the three days.

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