Joiner makes it 3 in a row at Glenwood Open |

Joiner makes it 3 in a row at Glenwood Open

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentA.J. Joiner tees off on the fifth hole at Glenwood Springs Golf Club on Sunday. Joiner won the weekend's Glenwood Open by a stroke over second-place finisher Taylor Cerjan.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A.J. Joiner used to caddy the Glenwood Open when he was a kid. Now an adult, all Joiner seems to do is win the Glenwood Open.

On Sunday, the 21-year-old Roaring Fork High School graduate surged to a one-stroke win over Taylor Cerjan at the annual amateur golf tournament. Joiner carded a two-day, two-round score of 141 at the nine-hole Glenwood Springs Golf Club.

A pair of birdies on the back half of his Sunday round vaulted Joiner into the lead late.

“I played alright,” Joiner said. “I struggled a little bit with some stuff, but I putted well. I grinded out some pars, but I didn’t hit very many greens in regulation, so that was nice to grind it out. I finished really well – I made two birdies in a row coming down.”

Those birdies, which fell consecutively on his second Sunday tangles with Holes 5 and 6, were much needed.

Cerjan, a Roaring Fork Valley resident who played college golf at the University of Idaho, finished his second round with a 1-under-par 69. His 73 on Saturday, though, proved costly.

Joiner, who’s about to enter his senior year at the University of Northern Colorado, followed up a 70 on Saturday with a 71 on Sunday. He’s now a perfect three-for-three at the Glenwood Open – the tournament he once caddied in as a youngster.

“I always wanted to play in it,” Joiner recalled. “It finally fit into my schedule a couple years ago. It’s fun. I love the course.”

Joiner will have plenty more tournaments to keep him busy this summer.

“I have the Western Chapter next week and the Colorado Open at the end of the month,” he relayed. “Then I have Stroke Play left and then school golf.”

Rounding out the championship flight’s top five at the Open, which boasted a field of more than 100 golfers, were third-place finisher Doug Jones (74-69-143), Mike Paronto (fourth, 73-71-144) and Joe Elliott (fifth, 72-73-145).

By virtue of his top-three standing through the tourney’s opening day, Elliott found himself paired with Joiner and Cerjan on Sunday. Not an easy task.

“They just hit it so far,” Elliott said. “It’s not even funny. They’ve got a different game. You just kind of have to grind around.”

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