For the sake of pride and fun |

For the sake of pride and fun

Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. ” For some, it’s about enjoying a round of golf.

For others, pride is on the line.

Some just want a little cash.

Afterwards, though, you never would have known players comprising the Glenwood Pro-Am field were competing against one another just moments earlier.

Some 60 golfers ” 15 professionals representing courses throughout the Western Slope and 45 amateurs ” swarmed the Glenwood Springs Golf Course clubhouse, enjoying a post-round drink and swapping course stories with their club-wielding peers.

“That’s what Glenwood golf is all about,” said amateur Jeff Franke, who on Friday was teamed up with son Jason Franke, the golf pro at Battlement Mesa Golf Club. “Everybody’s here to have a good time. It’s about the camaraderie.”

The father-son duo didn’t fare too badly. Jason finished fourth in the individual competition by carding a 1-over-par 71 for the 18-hole round. His dad shot a 76. It’s certainly not the first time son beat father.

“(The first time) was probably at about 14. I was going to give up golf,” Jeff quipped. “Now, I’m very proud of him.”

It was Tad Holloway of Rifle Creek Golf Course who took top honors among the professionals, shooting a 5-under 65, edging out Ironbridge Golf Club’s Doug Rohrbaugh by two strokes and Glenwood’s Greg Gortsema by four.

“I had a good round,” said Holloway, who’s played the Glenwood course maybe 10 times. “I played pretty well and didn’t have too many mistakes. I never really got into trouble.”

The key to mastering The Hill ” as the course is affectionately known ” is to keep the ball on the fairway.

“You’ve got to hit it straight,” the Rifle Creek pro stressed. “Just keep playing the fairway.”

While he’s primarily having fun with the series of summer Pro-Am tournaments happening all over the Western Slope, Holloway admits pride is on the line when going toe to toe with his pro peers.

“Oh, it’s competitive,” he said. “We’re all wanting to win, and we’re playing for a little money.”

Redlands Mesa Golf Course’s C.J. Rhyne led his foursome to the team title on a hot July afternoon. Rhyne ” who fired a 2-over-par 72 to tie for fifth among pros with Yampa Valley Golf Course’s Chuck Cobb ” and his team posted a 127.

Rohrbaugh and his team ” Blake Hull, David Vanderhoof and Delwyn Fletcher finished second (128). Holloway and his amateur partners ” Mark Fegan, Bob Campiglia and Mike Nemelka ” also shot a 128, but dropped to third in a scorecard playoff.

Teams were comprised of foursomes with one pro and three amateurs. The pro’s score and the top score amongst the amateurs are combined to total the final team score.

Pros took in cash prizes for their individual efforts, while team placement garnered the amateurs store credit at Glenwood Springs Golf Club.

This morning, it’ll be just the amateurs swatting away at The Hill, as the two-round Glenwood Open kicks off at 8 a.m. with an 18-hole round on the nine-hole course. Sunday’s second round also starts at 8 a.m.

“We’ll have a field of 115 for tomorrow, five shy of a full field,” said Gortsema, Glenwood’s head pro and tournament opener. “We have a strong championship flight. Some of the guys in the first flight couldn’t easily be in the championship flight. We’ve got a good field of low handicappers.”

Eric WInder of Grand Junction won last year’s Open.

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