Doug Jones rallies to Glenwood Open title
Doug Jones knows his way around a golf course.
Not only does the Grand Junction resident tend to courses professionally – Jones is the head groundskeeper at the Tiara Rado and Lincoln Park golf courses – he also knows how to play them.
His even-par round of 70 at the Glenwood Open gave Jones a two-day total of 144, to earn a one-stroke victory over Jim Peloquin, Jerry Kidney and Lamar Carlile, who tied for second with identical scores of 145.
This is the fourth time, Jones said, he has won a Glenwood Open tournament title.
Last year, he led the First Flight after the first 18 holes, only to finish in fifth place.
But, this year was different.
Instead of fading, Jones rallied from three strokes back on Saturday to the top of the leaderboard.
The 70 Jones carded on Sunday tied him with Angelo Dejulio for best round of the day.
In the First Flight tournament, Mark Stripp of Glenwood Springs defeated Rusty Jones of Meeker, 144 to 146 for the crown.
In the Second Flight, Bob Freyschlag defeated Mark Bean and David Dodson by five strokes. Freyschlag totaled a 156, compared to the 161 for Bean and Dodson.
The Third Flight was also dominated by local golfers.
Tim Parker of Glenwood Springs held off Tom Silverman for the win.
Parker finished with a two-day total of 159, three strokes better than Silverman, who ended the tournament at 162.
Tim Whalen was third with a 165. Dave Jeffers finished in fourth place. Four golfers tied for fifth at 170.
Former Glenwood Springs Middle School teacher Tom Jorgenson, who now resides in Colorado Springs, won the Fourth Flight.
Jorgenson concluded the tournament at 160 compared to Mark Rochford’s 166.
Gary Jochum and Joe Luetke, both of Glenwood Springs, were co-winners of the net-score averaged Fifth Flight. Both golfers, minus their individual handicaps netted rounds of 63.
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