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Doug Rohrbaugh to play in Senior PGA Championship from May 21 to 24

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Ironbridge Golf Club's Doug Rohrbaugh, the club's director of golf and long-time resident of the Roaring Fork Valley, will play in the 76th Senior PGA Championship in French Lick, Indiana, scheduled for May 21 to 24.

Rohrbaugh's entrance into the Senior PGA Championship comes on the heels of a strong performance at the Greater Gwinnett Championship at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Georgia, back in April. Rohrbaugh, playing in his first Champions Tour even, finished in a five-way tie for 15th place with a 4-under 140 after 36 holes. The final round, which was scheduled for April 19, was canceled due to rain.

The Senior PGA Championship will be televised on the Golf Channel and NBC.

"Doug's performance at the Greater Gwinnett Championship in Georgia really showcased his ability and what he's capable of," said John Young, Managing General Partner at Ironbridge in a press release sent to the Post Independent on Thursday. "All of the members here at Ironbridge are incredibly excited for him, and we can't wait to cheer him on at the Senior Championship."

Rohrbaugh, who lives in Carbondale, claimed the Champions Tour's 12th and final conditionally exempt spot on the senior PGA tour by winning a one-hole playoff at the 2014 Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament at Orange County National in Winterhaven, Florida, on Nov. 21, 2014. Conditionally exempt status — the status the Rohrbaugh earned — means players are accepted in tournaments on a space-available basis.

As a PGA Professional for more than 25 years, Rohrbaugh has played the Australian PGA tour and competed throughout the United States. He has also been named Player of the Year for the Colorado PGA West Chapter 14 times and, in 2013, was the Senior Colorado Open Champion, qualified for the Senior U.S. Open, was the Senior Colorado PGA champion, Colorado PGA champion and Colorado PGA Senior Player of the Year. He was also selected by the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame as the 2013 "Golf Person of the Year." As a professional, he has won close to 40 events.

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Rohrbaugh was executive director of the Aspen Junior Golf Foundation for seven years and the director of instruction at River Valley Ranch Golf Club in Carbondale for four years prior to joining Ironbridge in Glenwood Springs.