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Glenwood Open swings into action Friday

G. Sean Kelly

With fireworks banned in Colorado, there shouldn’t be many explosions heard around Glenwood Springs this 4th of July weekend. Unless you’re anywhere near the Glenwood Springs Golf Club, where there will be plenty of golf balls exploding off the tees.

Players from around the region will compete for the Glenwood Open title this weekend. The event starts Friday with the Glenwood Open Pro-Am before the two-day Glenwood Open begins on Saturday.

“(The Pro-Am) kind of kicks off the tournament,” Glenwood Springs Golf Club head pro Greg Gortsema said. “Everyone can get ready for the weekend.”

The Pro-Am features 24 pros from around the Western Slope. The event is full with shotgun starts at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

On Saturday the Glenwood Open tee times begin at 7:30 a.m. and should feature a solid field, according to Gortsema.

“We’ve got a pretty strong championship flight full of past champions from the Denver area, and local guys as well,” said Gortsema, who has been involved in the event for 13 years. “It’s a good strong field with a lot of past champions in all the flights.”

Doug Jones of Grand Junction birdied the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the champion flight last year. He finished with a two-round total of 145 and should be in the running again this weekend.

Locally, Bob Campiglia is “always in the mix,” according to Gortsema. Campiglia shot the tournament’s low round of 69 last year.

Gortsema expects to have six flights with payouts in each flight.

As of Tuesday evening a limited number of openings were still available in the Glenwood Open. The entry fee is $70. For information, call 945-7086.


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