Brown red-hot at G’Wood Open
Jerrad Brown probably owes Glenwood Springs golf pro Greg Gortsema a beverage or two after winning this weekend’s Glenwood Open.”Greg told me it wasn’t too late to sign up. He was the one who got me out here,” Brown said. “I thank him for that, because I haven’t been playing good golf lately.”If Brown has been playing badly, it didn’t show during Sunday’s second round of the annual 36-hole tournament held at “The Hill.”Tied for sixth place after Saturday’s first round in the 36-hole event, the Rifle High graduate nailed a tournament-tying low round of 67 to finish tied at 139 with day-one leader Roger Walters – Brown’s former high school golf coach – and Doug Jones. “I told my caddy, Kyle, I’m hitting a driver, and I’m going to be aggressive, and we’re going to take this one. This is what I came here to do,” Brown said of his strategy entering Sunday’s round after carding a two-over-par 72 the day before.”I played OK (Saturday). But, today I told Kyle we’re going to go low.”Brown was one of three golfers in the championship flight to post a 67.His score forced a sudden-death playoff, which Brown wrapped up quickly when he birdied the first playoff hole by sinking a three-foot putt on his third shot on Hole No. 1.The victory was Brown’s second straight championship flight title in as many years.Jones eliminated himself when his tee shot flew into the trees to the left of the fairway. Brown and Walters both went over the green on their first shots.Both golfers recovered nicely and made the green on well-placed, second-shot chips off the fringe.Brown said he wasn’t concerned about the shot. “I’ve been chipping the ball well lately. I trusted it, and I hit it right where I wanted to.”Walters opened the door for his former student when he lipped the cup from seven feet out. Brown, with less distance to hit from, drained his putt for the win.”He brings out the best in me,” Brown said. “I love the man. He’s so fun. Actually, I learned everything from him, and I thank him for that.”Two other flight champions were determined by one stroke. Mark Bean captured the Second Flight with a tournament total of 161 against runner-up Steve Lazarus’ combined rounds of 162. Mike Nemelka earned the Fifth Flight title with a 143 score to Delwyn Fletcher’s 144.John Lee won the First Flight by three shots over Glenwood Springs High School boys golf coach Bryan Whiting. Steve Lundin took the Third Flight by two strokes over Danny Adams. Joe Loetke had the best tournament among Fourth Flight golfers with a two-day low of 169.Tom Williams, of Glenwood, had the only hole-in-one in tournament play when he aced the 154-yard Hole No. 8 with an eight-iron on Sunday.
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