HELENA — Bozeman's Tom White shot his first round over par during the last day of the 64th Montana State Men's Seniors Golf Tournament on Thursday, but it was still good enough to hold on for a narrow two-stroke victory and the championship.
White, 55, entered Thursday's play at Green Meadow Country Club with a 5-stroke lead with a 9-under par 135 after the first 36 holes of golf.
He slipped slightly to a 75 on the final round to finish at 5-under, and a score of 67-68-75--210 for 54 holes.
Craig Hurlbert of Rollins went into Thursday's play in third-place six strokes back at 3-under. But Hurlbert was consistent enough all three days to finish state runner-up, fashioning a 71-70-71 for a 212 and 3-under par.
The tournament was hosted by GMCC, Bill Roberts and Fox Ridge golf courses, with more than 325 players 55-years-and-over competing in four different age-groups.
Helena's Mike Majors at 71-69-76--216 and Lee Levine of Bozeman with 72-73-71--216 tied for third place, six strokes out of the lead at 1-over par. Majors, who was in second after Day 2, was the overall winner in the Sophomore Division, ages 63-69.
There was a tie for fifth at 3-over par between Ron Ramsbacher of Missoula (71-75-72--218) and Anaconda's Gene Walsh (77-67-74--218).
Next came Billings' Cal Stacey (76-73-72--221) in seventh, 11 strokes out of first, followed by James Mullins of Helena (76-72-75--223). Mullins was the overall Junior Division titlist, ages 70-77.
Rounding out the top-10 were Helenans Tim Ranf (77-73-74--224) and Jay Anderson (74-73-77--224), who shared the ninth slot, both at 9-over par
Chuck Burdette of Wilsall (81-80-78--238) captured the Senior Division's overall title, ages 78 and up.