Montana to Host First Tee Invitational


BILLINGS -- Dozens of touring golf pros, ages 45 and older, are scheduled to be here in May for the 54-hole First Tee Montana Invitational.
The tournament is scheduled May 5-7 at Lake Hills Golf Club and another Billings course, possibly the Peter Yegen Golf Club, First Tee Montana director Rich Friedel said. He expects about 80 golfers to compete for $80,000 in prize money, $12,000 of it going to the top finisher.
The Billings tournament is one of five in the 2005 national Tight Lies Tour Classic Series. Some of the players who will participate are former PGA Tour members vying for places in the PGA's prestigious Champions Tour, for golfers 50 and older.
The Billings tournament will be a benefit for First Tee, a national youth program. It targets golfers ages 5-18 and has a chapter at Lake Hills. The Billings tournament will raise money to help expand the program in Montana, Friedel said.
'I have a great core of volunteers and could always use more,' he said. 'We'll have 400 volunteers at this deal.'
Events during the three days will include Pro-Am and Pro-Junior competition.
Other tournament sites and dates are Branson, Mo., June 9-11; Victoria, Texas, July 7-9; Albany, Ga., Sept. 22-24; and Meridian, Miss., Oct. 14-16.
The Tight Lies Tour Classic Series began in 2003.
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