Glenwood Open to hit the tees on Friday |

Glenwood Open to hit the tees on Friday

Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Last year’s Glenwood Open went down to the wire, with Roaring Fork High School graduate A.J. Joiner sneaking away with a one-stroke victory over Blake Hull.

Glenwood Springs Golf Club head pro Greg Gortsema wouldn’t mind seeing the two duke it out down the stretch again this year.

“That’s always fun,” he said. “A couple years ago, Jared Brown had to play off against Roger Walters. Years ago, I remember Jess Westley playing off against John Kaiser.”

And two years ago, it was Eric Winder of Grand Junction edging Joe Elliot in a playoff.

Only 36 holes of play spread between Saturday and Sunday will tell what drama will unfold in this year’s 36-hole Glenwood Open. The weekend of golf at The Hill, as the high-perched course is affectionately nicknamed, tees off on Friday with a Pro-Am tournament that pairs pros from local courses with amateur swingers.

One thing’s certain. Both Joiner and Hull are in the field.

“They’ll duel it out again,” Gortsema said.

Friday’s Pro-Am tees off with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Friday, while the strictly amateur Open begins with a 7:30 a.m. tee-time start both Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, championship-, first- and second-flight golfers tee off in the morning, while third-, fourth- and fifth-flighters get an afternoon start. The schedule reverses on Sunday, with the top players teeing off in the afternoon.

“That’s when we have our Glenwood Open champion,” Gortsema said.

It’s not too late to register for the Open, noted Gortsema, who’s filled the Pro-Am field and had 103 signed up for the amateur tourney as of Wednesday afternoon.

“I’d like to see a few more in the Open,” he said.

To register, call the Glenwood Springs Golf Club at 945-7086.

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