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RONAN — For the 23rd year in a row, Tim Ryan’s Mission Valley Scholarship “Golf Tourney and Writer’s Night” entertained golfers and local families.

The event, which donates scholarship money to local students, drew spectators and athletes from all over Montana. After the golf tournament, golfers and music enthusiasts enjoyed an evening featuring local musical talent — not to mention Nashville big shots Tim Ryan and Mac McAnnally. 

“The thing that makes this so great is the people who turn out,” Ryan explained.

Mission Valley Golf Professional Ty Weingart estimated that 500 people attended the performance and 195 golfers competed in the golf tournament. 

Weingart said he was pleased with the $10,500 raised for the scholarship recipients, especially since this year’s golf tournament hosted 10 less teams than last year. 

In the evening, local families were in for a  musical treat with a performance from McAnnally, who according to Ryan is the cream of the crop in the music industry. 

“(McAnnally) just played with Jimmy Buffet two days ago, and he thinks enough of this to come here,” Ryan explained. 

This is the fourth time McAnnally has played at the event. Originally from a small town in Mississippi, McAnnally said his family loves Montana and has wanted to come back to the area since the last time he played at the event six years ago.  

“I’m just lucky enough to tag along,” McAnnally humbly admitted. 

Other musical talent included young Mariah Saltzman, The Maw Brothers of Kalispell, Chelsea Lipscomb of Ronan and Jae Hatt of Big Fork. 

The music ended around 11 p.m. and the weary golfers and local music connoisseurs made their way home. 

“I would like to thank the community,” Ryan said. “Because for 23 years they keep on showing up.”


Tournament Results:

1st Net - 46.98
The Sandy Baggers
Dan Lipscomb
Alicia Lipscomb
Steve Mcdonald
Tim Anderson
Justin Underwood

2nd Net - 48.20
St Luke Community Health Care
Paul Gochis
Steve Todd
John Williams
Wayne Fuchs
Shellie Winebrenner

3rd Net - 49.13
Ronan Telephone Company
Bob Cornwell
Nathan Cantlon
Diana Cantlon
Rick Kiehn
Matt Esslinger

4th Net - 50.48
S&K Technologies
Tony Incashola
Jim Durglo
Mike Durglo
Dennis Courville
James Lozeau

1st Gross -  55
Lake County Bank
Roger Wallace
Gary Blackman
Lloyd Phillips
Cody Phillips
Jason Sargent

2nd Gross - 55
Jeff Andrews State Farm Ins
Jeff Andrews
Shawn Wilson
Pam Wilson
John Kelley
Tambrely Kelley

3rd Gross - 56
Lake Bar/Johnson Transportation
Durwin Manyheads
Marvin Courville
Dennis Webster
Steven Matt
Eli Sheridan

4th Gross - 57
Pizza Café
Tim Reid
Joe Meyers
Jon Fisher
Kent Leudtke
Burt Cannon

5th Gross - 57
Whiting Petroleum
David Smith
Kyle Seery
Danny Maher
Shannon Seery
Eric Davidson

Closest To Pin #1  Roger Wallace
Closest To Tire #4  Shannon Seery
Closest To Pin #5  Mike Ellis
Long Drive #6  Jason Sargent
Closest To Pin #8  Alicia Lipscomb
Long Putt #9  Charlie Bauer
Closest To Pin #11  Ed Starkel

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