WHITEFISH - Three players tied for the lead Thursday after the first round of the 66th Whitefish Fourth of July golf tournament. The men's championship flight opened play on the South Course at Whitefish Lake Golf Club.
Former champ Dave Morberg of Kalispell shot a 1-under-par 70 to share the lead with Tyler Erickson of Bozeman and Spencer Williams of Great Falls.
Two strokes back with 72s were Steve Williamson of Shelby, Robb Bergeson of Billings, Mike Derminio of San Diego and Ron Ramsey of Rancho Bernardo, Calif.
Rory Scrymgeour of Calgary, Alberta, was alone at 73.
Luke Scrymgeour, Rory's younger brother and the defending men's champion, opened with a 76.
Cathie Williamson of Shelby and Darah Newell of Helena shared the women's lead, each carding 77. Four-time defending champ Britney Holt didn't enter the tournament.
The 54-hole event continues Friday and concludes on Saturday.
WHITEFISH - Leaders after Thursday's first round of the 66th Whitefish Fourth of July golf tournament at Whitefish Lake Golf Club:
Dave Morberg, Kalispell…..70
Tyler Erickson, Bozeman…..70
Spencer Williams, Great Falls…..70
Robb Bergeson, Billings…..72
Steve Williamson, Shelby…..72
Ron Ramsey, Rancho Bernardo, Calif……72
Mike Derminio, San Diego…..72
Rory Scrymgeour, Calgary, Alberta…..72
Chris McConnell, Missoula…..74
John Morberg, Industry, Calif……74
Mark Dolven, Whitefish…..75
Scott Anderson, Great Falls…..76
Luke Scrymgeour, Calgary, Alberta…..76
Reid Lende, Livingston…..79
Woody Spainhower, Bozeman…..79
Cathie Williamson, Shelby…..77
Darah Newell, Helena…..77
Devon Newell, Helena…..79
Kylie Anderson, Great Falls…..80
Britney Hayes, Bozeman…..80