BGC crowns McRae, Willett champions

J.P. Plutt
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Off the tee

Phil Willett follows his shot off the 18th tee box during Sunday’s round of the Beaverhead Golf Course Club Championship. Willett tied for third place on the men’s side. J.P. Plutt photo

In a subdued, COVID-19 version of the Beaverhead Golf Course Club Championship, Zach McRae claimed his first men’s championship and Ashley Willett topped Ellie Stanisich in what is now an annual battle between the two for the women’s title.

McRae dominated from start to finish to win his first BGC title. The BCHS teacher and coach fired a one-under-par 71 on Saturday’s first round to stake a 5-stroke lead over Steve Digiovanna. McRae extended his winning margin on Sunday’s final round to 10 strokes with a par round of 72.

Mike Goicoechea, playing in the second group on Sunday, rallied from fifth place on the opening round to a second place finish with Sunday’s second best round of 75.

Former champions Lindsay Woolley and Phil Willett tied for third on the men’s side with matching scores throughout the two-day event. Both opened and closed with rounds of 77 to total 154 strokes. Digiovanna slid to fifth place with a Sunday round of 79.

Ashley Willett and Ellie Stanisich continued their battle for BGC supremecy on the women’s side. Stanisich, a four-time BGC champion forged a day 1 lead of one stroke with an 85. Willett rallied on Sunday with a tourney-best round on the women’s side of 82 to edge Stanisich by four strokes and claim her 14th BGC title.

The field of 42 golfers represented a decrease of over one-third from recent turnout numbers.