Blaszyk wins Glenwood Open Golf Tournament
With the course on the hill in its usual pristine condition, thanks to the efforts of superintendent Jim Richmond and his right-hand man Jim Farris, the Glenwood Open golf tournament welcomed 90 participants to its annual 36-hole event on Saturday and Sunday.
“A good turnout this weekend. We had many people from all over the state play this year,” said Glenwood Golf Club general manager Jerry Butler. “Quite a few players make this tournament an annual stop.”
One of those players who would never think of missing the Glenwood Open also happened to be this year’s champion, as Glenwood’s Kirk Blaszyk used a steady Saturday round of 74 and a strong Sunday showing of even par 70 to overtake the usual stellar championship flight gathering for his first-ever Open title.
Not surprisingly, Blaszyk was pumped up, barely able to contain his enthusiasm, as he stood next to the leader board on the deck of the clubhouse as “1st place” was written beside his name.
“I’ve been playing in this tournament for a long time, and it’s always a goal to try and finish in the top five,” said Blaszyk, who was the oldest player in the Open’s top draw. “Being three shots behind after the first day was not a big deficit. I knew that if I came out today [Sunday] and played a good round that I would have a chance.”
Blaszyk’s Sunday round of 70 was the lowest 18-hole total of the weekend, and made even more impressive as golfers struggled to figure out swirling winds during the afternoon rounds.
Blaszyk’s two-day total of 144 was followed by Dillon Washburn, who was one of the co-leaders after the first round of play. Washburn shot a 146 for second place, and was followed by Denton Walker and Keith Humerickhouse who each carded 147s to tie for third in the championship flight.
Action in the tournament’s first flight saw Glenwood’s Dave Sorel struggle on Sunday with a round of 81, but his solid opening day 73 was good enough to hang on to tie Jon Pettit for the top spot as both golfers recorded scores of 154. D.L Brown and Mike Moser were right behind the winners as they also ended up in a tie with two-day totals of 156.
Glenwood High School alum Kirby Smith, now living in Denver, took the crown in the second flight by going 86-84 for a total of 170. Though not happy with his tournament performance, John Lee still managed nice rounds of 87-86 for a 173 that put him in the runner-up spot. Parker Hille and Mitch Carter each shot 174 to tie for third place.
The third flight had some impressive scores as David Bobillot recorded a 164 for the victory. Ron Nadon and Mike Chastain tied for second place with very good scores of 168.
The fourth flight at the Glenwood Open, which use net scores only, saw Ron Stevens and Robert Fuller tie for top honors with 132 totals. Jerry Ardueser was three shots behind the winners with a score of 135.
Ardueser, who started playing on the hill when he moved to Glenwood Springs in 1982, was happy to be in the money and equally as excited to just be out on the golf course he loves.
“It feels great,” said Ardueser, sounding a bit like Tony the Tiger. “I stuck pretty close to the two leaders all the way, but I made some mistakes on the par 3s. That cost me. You have to play the par 3s on this course well.”
Although an exact starting date was not available, this year’s Open marks 50 plus years that the tournament has been held at the Glenwood Golf Club.
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