McCoy Connor

Disc golfer McCoy Connor of Missoula competes in the Montana State Championships last weekend in Billings. Connor took top honors in the men's open division.

PHOTO COURTESY OF ANDRE AL

BILLINGS — Missoula disc golfer McCoy Connor took top honors in the men's open division at the Montana State Championships last weekend at Pioneer Park.

The 32-year-old won by four strokes over runner-up Seth White of Billings. It marked the first time Connor won the event, although he did finish second in 2006 after forcing a sudden-death playoff.

"Honestly I just attribute winning to what's between my ears, playing the mental game better," he said. "I was able to stay clean and avoid bogies.

"I believe I only had one bogey in the tournament. The physical package has been there for me but I was able to believe in myself and take it home."

Connor, the bar manager at Flipper's Casino & Tavern, also won the Montana points series competition for 2017. The Professional Disc Golf Association-sanctioned race takes into account eight events.

Missoula also had a champion in the men's master's division in Brian Bjortomt.

— Bill Speltz, 406mtsports.com

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