Blaszyk cards 68 for Glenwood Open lead |

Blaszyk cards 68 for Glenwood Open lead

Kirk Blaszyk was in the first group to tee off in Saturday’s opening round of the Glenwood Open. Today he will be the last off the opening tee.Blaszyk was the only golfer to shoot under par on the Glenwood Spring Golf Club par-70 course, carding a 68. An assistant superintendent at Aspen Glen, he carries a two-stroke lead into today’s final round. Michael Smith is second at even par, while Bob Campiglia, Mark Stripp and Ted Miernicki are pilled up in a tie for third at 72.”I played the par-3s even,” Blaszyk said. “To me, on this course, that’s the only thing that’s going to help you.”It doesn’t hurt hitting nearly every green in regulation either. Blaszyk reached 16 of the greens in regulation and his only bogey of the day came on the eighth hole. He followed that up with birdies on Nos. 9, 11 and 13.Smith will also be in the final group with his round of 70, but it could have been better.”It wasn’t as shiny as it could have been, and it wasn’t as shiny as it’s been in the past,” Smith said, “but that’s golf. It’s still a four-letter word.””I missed four real easy putts,” he added, “and what is always comes down to is putts.”Smith did make a couple long putts to put himself in a good position headed into today’s final round.It’s unlikely there will be a repeat in the championship flight this year as Doug Jones – the winner of four Glenwood Opens, including the last two – carded an 81.”I’m not winning it this year,” Jones said after completing his round. “I played terrible. I didn’t do anything good.”Results other than the championship flight were not made available to the Post Independent.The tournament continues today with the championship flight players teeing off from 2:20 p.m. to 3 p.m.-In Friday’s Pro-Am tournament, Doug Rohrbaugh of River Valley Ranch took the individual pro honors with a round of 67. John Pelland of Glenwood Springs Golf Club was second with 69, followed by Rifle Creek’s Steve LeDonne at 71. Greg Gortsema and Keith Hummerickhouse tied for fourth at 72.In the team competition, two squads finished with 124 to share top honors. The team led by Gortsema, with amateurs Stripp, Jeff Franke, John Lindsey and Ron Nadon finished tied with the unit of Michael Smith (team captain), Gary Gilmore, Dave Jeffers, Mike Kelly and George Jeffers. In third place, with a score of 127, was Rob Stong (pro-Tiara Rado), Adam Gillespie, Steve Caple, Jim Walker and Dennis Yost.Here are the first-day results from the Glenwood Open held at the par-70 Glenwood Springs Golf Club on Saturday (Only championship flight results were made available to the Post Independent):Championship flightKirk Blaszyk68Michael Smith70Bob Campiglia72Mark Stripp72Ted Miernicki72Mark Barlan74Jerry Kidney74Mike Moser74Pete Balzer74John Kaiser76Adam Gillespie77Jerrod Brown78Dave Cooper78David Beecraft81Doug Jones81Jim Lochhead82Sean Groover83Scott Klahn87Joseph Rogers87

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