High drama on The Hill
If this trend continues, the annual Glenwood Open will need lights to finish up play.For the second year in a row, a playoff was needed to determine the winner of the championship flight of the two-day, 36-hole tournament.Eric Winder of Grand Junction earned the title when he sank a two-foot putt on the second playoff hole against Rifle resident Joe Elliott.
Both golfers came in with two-day rounds of 141 and identical rounds of 72 in Sunday’s play to set up the tiebreaker. Each took four strokes on the first playoff hole.Last year, Roger Walters needed an extra hole to defeat Jared Brown for the Open championship.Moving on to Hole No. 2, Elliott appeared to have gained an advantage when his tee shot landed in the middle of the fairway. Winder, hitting first, drove his first shot to the left, landing in the fringe.”My biggest worry was that tree,” Elliott said while pondering the approach back to the green. Looking for advice, he turned to his caddy and younger sister Ashley, a starter on Grand Junction High’s golf team.
“I asked her if I could get over that tree. She nodded and said, ‘I think you can,'” Eric said of the conversation. “So I just hit it as high as I could. I didn’t know if I could get the seven-iron over the top of it, but I got lucky, and everything turned out OK.”Winder’s shot avoided the tree and landed in a good spot. His ball finished about 10 feet away from the cup.Elliott wasn’t as fortunate. His second shot sailed over the flag to the back side of the green with a tough uphill slope. Both golfers missed their first putts. Winder, a member of the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, ended the drama when his short putt fell in.
Michael Smith, with a two-day total of 145, was third. Walters and Kirk Adams, a stroke back at 146, tied for fourth.Mark Barlau captured the First Flight championship with a 145, two strokes up on runner-up Bob Campiglia. Jerry Butler shot a 149 to win the Second Flight. Ron Nadon and Jeff Otto shared Third Flight honors, finishing with identical tournament totals of 163. Red Woolley and Delwin Fletcher won the Fourth and Fifth Flights, respectively.
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