Montana Tech golf adds 7 Treasure State commits to roster

(Editor’s note: Montana Tech Athletics press release)

BUTTE — The Montana Tech men’s and women’s golf team announced the addition of seven recruits for next fall.

The Oredigger men’s team welcomes a talented class of three golfers from the Treasure State in Brady Cady and Blake Loberg of Billings, and Matt Hobbs of Polson.

“I am thrilled that the Montana Tech golf team could add these three accomplished golfers. I am very excited about these future Orediggers and the tremendous ability they will bring with them to Butte,” said interim head coach Sean Ryan. “I think the future of this program is very bright with these three young men teeing it up for Montana Tech next fall.”

Cady, a Billings Senior graduate, was an all-state selection for the Broncs after finishing tied for sixth at the State AA Invitational at the Butte Country Club this fall. He had a season scoring average of 74 and placed in the top 10 of every tournament his senior season. Cady was the individual medalist in the Billings City Meet.

Cady, who was an academic all-state selection for both his junior and senior seasons, plans on majoring in Business and Information Technology & Management.

Loberg, a Billings West graduate, recorded six top-10 finishes as a senior for the Golden Bears and finished ninth at the Class AA state invite. In addition to earning all-state honors this past season, the Golden Bear golfer helped his team take third at state in 2018 and tied for second in 2017. Loberg was a two-time academic all-state selection and a member of the National Honor Society. Loberg plans on majoring in Business & Information Technology.

Hobbs, an all-state golfer for Polson High School the last three seasons, was the 2018 Class A runner-up after shooting rounds of 74 and 71 at Hamilton Golf Course this fall. Hobbs placed in the top 10 of state junior events twice, and won the 2017 Polson Bay Men’s Match Play Championship and the 2018 Polson Bay Men’s Club Championship. He claimed the 2017 Butte Central Invitational, the 2018 Missoula Invitational and the 2018 Polson Invitational. Hobbs plans on majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

The Montana Tech women’s golf team is adding four talented Montana golfers for next fall with the addition of Emily Garden of Missoula, Emily Kelly of Butte, Skyler Martin of Shelby and Reyla Williams of Helena.

“This is a recruiting class that Coach Lee LaBreche would be very proud of,” said Ryan. “I think Lee did an excellent job of recruiting a group that has such a high ceiling on the golf course as well as in the classroom. I couldn’t be happier that they’ve decided to join this program.”

Garden was a two-time all-state golfer for Missoula Sentinel after finishing fifth as a junior and in third place as a senior at the State AA Invitational. Garden was a qualifier for the Montana-Alberta Cup and has been the Missoula Country Club’s Women’s Champion for the last three years. She was named academic all-state in 2017 and 2018 and plans on majoring in Nursing at Montana Tech.

Kelly, a nine-time letter winner at Butte High School, recently took ninth place at the Class AA state invite at the Butte Country Club. She was the Southwest Montana Junior Golf Tour Champion in 2018. Kelly is the valedictorian for Butte High School, is a member of the National Honor Society and was named to the Butte High Honor Roll eight times. Kelly plans on majoring in Biochemistry.

Martin has been an all-state performer for the Coyotes all three seasons after placing third as both a freshman and sophomore and taking fifth as a junior at the Class B State Invitational. Martin, a multi-sport athlete for Shelby High School, was a state finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman as well as being named the Great Falls Tribune’s Northwestern Lady Golfer of the Year. Martin, who will compete for the Class B State Championship at Canyon River Golf Course on May 14-15, plans on studying Radiologic Technology at Montana Tech. Martin’s older brother Bridger is a junior on the Montana Tech men’s golf team.

Williams was a two-time all-state golfer after finishing ninth as a junior and 12th as a senior for the Helena High Bengals. Williams was a two-year captain for Helena High and helped her team to a second-place finish at state in 2016. She was a four-time academic all-state honoree, a member of the National Honor Society and Student Body Vice President. Williams plans on majoring in Biochemistry at Montana Tech.

Nick Petraccione

Nick Petraccione

Nick is the Sports Director at KBZK and KXLF in Butte and Bozeman, Montana. He attended Syracuse University and moved to Montana in 2017.
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