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Ben MacIntyre

Carroll College golf coach Ben MacIntyre rallied to win the Helena City golf tournament on Sunday at Green Meadow Country Club. He previously won the tournament in 2005.

It took a couple of long putts at the end to pull it off -- including an 80-footer for birdie on No. 18 -- but Ben MacIntyre is the 2016 Helena City golf champion.

MacIntyre fired rounds of 69 on the first day at Bill Roberts Golf Course and 73 on Sunday at Green Meadow Country Club for a one-under par 142 to claim the title. Not a bad score, considering the weather conditions, as the golfers battled the rain on Saturday and the high winds on Sunday.

This is MacIntyre's second city crown, having first turned the trick back in 2005.

He edged first-day leader and defending champion Spencer Williams, who shot a one-over 144 by two strokes. Another former champion, Michael Williams, placed third at 145.

"I had nine pars to start the round, and a one-shot lead heading into the back nine," MacIntyre said. "By the 16th hole I was down by two to Spencer. But after he got six on 17, and I made about a difficult 25-foot turning putt, I was back in front again with a one-shot lead on both Spencer and Mike heading to 18."

After MacIntyre pulled his drive far to the left on the final hole, he put his next shot 50 yards past the green. He then chipped to the edge of the green, with the cup positioned 80 feet away on the opposite side.

"I knew I didn't want to go to a playoff with Spencer, so my goal was to ride it up as close as possible; I got a great roll and it went in," the Carroll College golf coach said. "I've been working on my putting, so it was fun to knock two long ones like that when I needed to. Spencer and Mike are great players, I've had about five or six runners-up in this tourney over the past 11 years, so it was nice to not get second again for a change."

Rounding out the top six were Brady Kirkeby at 150 in fourth, Justin Ahlers with a 151, and sixth-place finisher Parker Heller 10 strokes off the pace at 152.

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Bob Anderson Jr. captured the first flight with a 156, while the second flight was garnered by Travis Smith's 161.

The Senior Men's tournament champion is Jay Anderson, who carded a 154 for the victory. Doug Olson finished second at 156, and KC Yahvah placed third with a 158.

Jim Spencer claimed the Senior first flight with a 170.

On the women's side, Becky Straw was the lone entrant to complete 36 holes, posting a 235. Susan Court is the Senior Women's champion, with a score of 183.

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