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Maggie Crippen

Missoula's Maggie Crippen will be inducted into Montana State Women's Golf Association Hall of Fame.

BILLINGS — Toni Bickford Bender of Billings and Maggie Crippen of Missoula are set to be inducted into the Montana State Women's Golf Association Hall of Fame later this month in Missoula.

The induction ceremony will be held in conjunction with the 101st annual MSWGA state championship tournament, which will be played July 26-28 at Missoula Country Club.

Both Bender and Crippen are former high school golf standouts in the state.

Bender golfed for Butte High and went on to compete for Montana Tech and Western New Mexico University. She was also a regular participant in the MSWGA State Amateur.

Crippen, who competed for Missoula Loyola in high school and played her college golf at North Dakota State, also won the women's state amateur in 2011 and 2016.

She was a three-time Class B state champion at Loyola.

Chris Nowlen of Missoula will be receiving the Paul Allen Award for his contributions in support of women's golf in the state. Nowlen is the PGA General Manager at the Missoula Country Club.

The entry deadline for this year's combined amateur and senior amateur tournament is midnight on July 18 or when the field reaches 200 players. Entry forms are available at www.msgagolf.org.

MSWGA executive director Carla Berg of Sidney said that 86-year-old Lorriane Richardson of Missoula and three-time senior champion Robin Koontz, also of Missoula, have already signed up to play in the senior ranks.

Both Richardson and Koontz are in the MSWGA Hall of Fame.

They will be joined by another former senior champion, Julia Jones of Missoula. Jones also has a long history of coaching in the golf program at Missoula Loyola. 

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