Denver’s Carlile wins Glenwood Open
Post Independent Contributor
2015 Glenwood Open
Championship Flight: 1. Lamar Carlile, 66-71, 137; 2. Keith Humerickhouse, 137; 3. Tristan Rohrbaugh, 141; Tie 4. Kirk Blaszyk, Brad Delman, 144; 6. Kyler Smith, 145; 7. Michael Smith, 146.
First Flight: 1. Mark Barlau, 145; 2. Jacob Smith, 150; 3. Dave Sorel, 154; 4. D.L. Brown, 156; Tie 5. Roland Gauthier, John Flanagan, 160; 7. Jerry Butler, 162.
Second Flight: 1. Mark Smith, 152; 2. Aaron Badolato, 153; 3. Jon McFarland, 156; 4. Jeff Otto, 159; Tie 5. Mark Becker, Parker Hille, 164; 7. John Pelland, 165.
Third Flight: 1. Dick Hunter, 172; 2. Danny Adams, 175; 3. Paul Nelson, 177; Tie 4. Mark Bean, David Vanderhoof, Mark Erickson, 179; 7. Chris McComas, 180.
Fourth Flight (Net Scoring): 1. Red Woolley, 137; 2. Tom Silverman, 144; Tie 3. Jerry Ardueser, Robert Fuller, 147; 5. Doug Larson, 149; Tie 6. Jay Denton, Tom Williams, 150.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Red Woolley could hardly contain his exuberance.
Woolley’s fourth flight on Sunday’s final day of the Glenwood Open Golf Tournament was not the focal point of the weekend’s play, but the excitement of the handicapped division’s champion. It was a prelude to the drama that would unfold later in the day.
“Sure I felt some pressure coming into today’s round with the lead,” said Glenwood’s Woolley, who finished with a 36-hole net score of 137 in winning his division. “But this is the fourth flight, and a lot of this is just about having a good time.”
A good time would be had by all who were on the hill at the tradition-rich Glenwood Springs Golf Course on Sunday, especially those who stuck around to witness a down-to-the-wire duel between Keith Humerickhouse and Lamar Carlile as late afternoon turned into a beautiful summer evening.
Trailing Denver’s Carlile by one shot on the 18th green of a championship flight nail biter, Gypsum’s Humerickhouse calmly sank a 10-foot birdie putt and then watched as Carlile tapped in a short par gimme, forcing both players to head back to where they started about 5 hours earlier in the day-the hole number 1 tee box for a sudden death playoff.
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Carlile, who lost last year’s Glenwood Open in a 4-hole playoff with Michael Smith, showed steely resolve as he chipped his second shot on the first extra hole close enough to make birdie. Humerickhouse followed suit with a birdie of his own following a mammoth drive to just off the back edge of the green.
When Humerickhouse carded a par on the second playoff hole, Carlile sealed his big win by making it two birdies in row, and erasing the memories of last year’s extra session loss.
“I knew Keith would try to drive the green,” said Carlile, speaking of the opening playoff hole. “I was just trying to get it in the fairway and hit a good second shot coming in. I’ve played this course many times, so I’m used to this layout. I wanted to build some momentum today going into the Western Chapter Championships next week and the Colorado Open in two weeks.”
Tristan Rohrbaugh had a two day total of 141 for a third place standing. Glenwood golf course veteran Kirk Blaszyk and Brad Delman each fired the day’s low round of 69 to tie for fourth place.
The first flight featured a battle for the ages of a different variety as 15-year-old Jacob Smith of Rifle found himself chasing in vain 72-year-old Mark Barlau of New Castle. Smith’s excellent round of 74 wasn’t quite good enough to match Barlau’s age, or the cagey veteran’s score of 72.
“He was just very steady today. He’s tough,” Smith said.
Barlau was equally as complimentary of his young counterpart and the entire group that was in his foursome.
“When I first saw him, I asked how old he was,” Barlau said with a grin. “I’ve played here a lot, so I know the course, and my putter caught fire today. I really had a nice group to play with today [Smith, Dave Sorel, Roland Gauthier]. It was a ton of fun.
Other flight winners included Mark Smith of Glenwood in the second flight (152), and Dick Hunter in the tournament’s third flight (172).
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