Dewitt battles back to win WCGA championship
RIFLE – Rick DeWitt was not going to let a bad day of golf on an unfamiliar course defeat him.
After shooting bogies on each of his first three holes during Saturday’s opening round of the two-day, 36 hole, Western Colorado Golf Association Championships, the four-time champion admitted he was “in shock” after carding a opening day total of 73.
“I was wondering what I was shooting,” DeWitt said of the impending up hill battle he would face against the rest of the 52-player championship flight field that had gathered at Rifle Creek Golf Course.
“It was tough,” he said. “But, I knew I could bring it back.”
And DeWitt brought his game back just enough to capture his fifth WCGA crown.
Despite the bad round on Saturday DeWitt was down by only one stroke to the day-one co-leaders, Jason Coffin and Jeff Hansen, entering Sunday’s final round of 18 holes.
Given a second chance, DeWitt atoned for his earlier mistakes.
He came away from Nos. 1-3 two under par, then continued on to a 4-under round of 68 to wrap up his fifth title.
DeWitt’s final total of 141 bested David Maursted from Aurora and Harry Johnson of Edwards’ 144 by three shots.
In additional tournament play, Josh Koschke defeated Aaron Gardner and Charles Scheinost, 160 to 161, for the 1st Flight championship.
Kevin Denton blanketed the field in the 2nd Flight. His two-day total of 145 bettered second-place finisher Roger Walters of Rifle’s 152 by seven strokes.
Marc Caldwell took the 3rd Flight in 155. Pat Hayes of Rifle outlasted Silt resident Mark Sills 156 to 159 in the 4th Flight tournament and Jeff Hauer, also of Rifle, took home the 4th Flight title with a 167 to 168 win over John Cain.
River Valley Ranch pro Doug Rohrbaugh and Tom Carricato from Dos Rios GC were co-winners among the professional golfers at Friday’s Pro-Am. The two pros carded identical rounds of 67. Mike Mandelson from Bookcliff Country Club of Grand Junction finished third, two strokes back at 69.
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