HELENA -- After an early Sunday morning rainstorm swamped the Bill Roberts Golf Course, first-day leaders of the Helena City Golf Tournament Colin Gunstream and Darah Newell were declared the champions, when several areas on the course were determined to be unplayable.

Gunstream fired a 5-under par 66 on Saturday at Green Meadow Country Club in the men's tourney, while Newell shot a 2-under 70 in the women's event.

Gunstream's first day of the tournament produced six birdies, sparked by his play on the par 3 No. 12.

"The hole was playing 185 (yards), and I hit a 7-iron from the tee to about five feet and made the putt," related the former Carroll College great, who earlier this summer captured the Bill Roberts crown.

A Missoula native, Gunstream's career PRs are 29 for nine holes, and 63 for 18. Among his career highlights are a pair of second-team all-Frontier citations with the Saints, in 2013 and 2015.

Riley Lawrence finished second, four strokes back with a 1-under 70.

Brandon Boka posted an even 71 and placed third, while Brady Kirkeby and Bennett MacIntyre shared the fourth slot, at 72 apiece. Next came defending champ Spencer Williams and Kelly Casey, tied for sixth with 73s.

Newell's round on Saturday consisted of five birdies, and was jump-started when she drained a 25-foot putt for bird on the very first hole.

A four-time GMCC champion and the 2010 State-Am titlist, this is her second City crown. Her first came 14 years ago, when Newell fired a tournament record 145 in 2005.

Andrea Tucker finished second, with an 82.

In the Seniors tournaments, Jay Anderson shot a 71 to garner the men's division, two strokes ahead of Gary Wilson's 73. Andy Anderson wound up in third-place, with a 75.

Susan Court won the women's event with an 86, two shots ahead of runner-up Julie Eggleston, at 88.

Curt Synness can be reached at 594-2878 or curt52synness@gmail.com. He's also on Twitter @curtsynness_IR

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