Making up for the early years of this tri-city event when they couldn’t buy a match, Conrad golfers handily won their third straight Ryder Cup competition.
The matches are played over two days, Friday and Sunday, on two different courses and pit the top golfers of Conrad, Cut Bank and Shelby in a 54-hold match up.
Proceeds help out the areas junior golf program and give the winning team possession of the Ryder Cup, not to mention bragging rights of having the “best of the best” golfers in northcentral Montana.
The opening match took place at the Marias Valley Golf and Country Club that is stretched out to 6,265 yards with a par of 72.
At the end of the first day of play, best ball parings, Conrad and Cut Bank were tied with 6-1/2 points each and Shelby had already fallen into a hole picking up only two points on the home course.
Winning matches on day one were Ryan VanDyke and Nate Gage; Howard and Neal Bouma; Ryan Eisenzimer and Lane Judisch; Carmen Jensen and P. Woods; Skylar Orcutt and Greg Orcutt, and Scott Arvidson and C. Vandenacre.
Lyle Orcutt and Dave Howard gained a split in their match for the all important half point which kept the home boys even with Cut Bank
Sunday golfers were looked down upon by the Golfing Gods and blessed with some gorgeous weather for a walk in the park.
The teams got out their sticks and put on a mind-set for 36 holes of competition, 18 of Chapman matches and 18 of player-to-player singles matches.
The Cut Bank Golf and Country Club sprawls out over 6,065 yards and plays to a par of 72.
Cut Bank players had to be full of themselves playing in their back yard.
However, Conrad golfers took a real liking to the Chapman matches and posted eight winners and a split in two matches.
Conrad jumped out to a 4-1/2 point advantage over Cut Bank to lead 15.5 to 11 while Shelby could start packing their bags, getting just a point and a half for a score of 3.5 after the morning round.
Conrad was not about to let up now that they had a lead.
The home boys dominated the afternoon singles matches, winning 14 while Cut Bank got 7.5 points and Shelby mounted a run, too little too late, picking up 8.5 points.
Winning their singles matches were Vandenacre, H. Bouma, Pete Woods, Arvidson, D. Orcutt, Howard, Jensen, Joe Pearson, Kyle Ellis, Rhett Orcutt, Truscott, Mark Gage, Nick Hofstad, and VanDyke.
The final outcome was even close, Conrad topped the field with 36 points. Cut Bank was 11 back with 25 and Shelby had 12 points.
VanDyke who is the team captain commented, “We have a lot of really good young players. We’ll be tough over the next couple of years.”
He also noted that the players really came on and played great, it was a solid team effort.