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Eight golfers — all from out of state — will be playing Monday at Laurel Golf Club in a sectional qualifier for the 59th U.S. Junior Amateur.

The junior boys, between the ages of 14 and 17, will play 36 holes for one berth to the U.S. Junior Amateur, which is set for July 17-22 at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club in California.

Play will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday. The golfers will begin teeing off on their second 18 around 12:15 p.m.

There are no Montanans in the field because Monday's date also conflicts with the start of the two-day Montana State Golf Association Junior Championships in Helena.

"It's unfortunate," said Bob Bergeson of Billings, who is the Montana representative for the United States Golf Association. "It's never happened before. I have to make sure it never happens again."

Monday's field at Laurel includes golfers from Pennsylvania, Virginia, Nevada, Alberta, South Dakota and California.

Teeing off at 8 a.m. will be Grant Gaugler III of Levittown, Pa., Matt Kennerknecht of Vienna, Va., and Charlie Harrison of Las Vegas. They will be followed at 8:07 a.m. by Mark Schurer of Calgary, Alberta, Darren Hupfer of Edmonton, Alberta, and Brian Schmidt of San Diego.

The final twosome will tee off at 8:15 and will include Lance Collins of Lead, S.D., and Jesse Chudnofsky of Monterey, Calif.

At 14, Schmidt is the youngest golfer in the field. Harrison, 15, has the lowest handicap index of plus 1.2.

The 17-year-old Collins was the runner-up at last year's sectional qualifier at Yellowstone Country Club.

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