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Kaiser, Kidney lead Glenwood Open

G. Sean Kelly

Three Denver-area golfers sit atop the leaderboard in the championship flight after the first day of the Glenwood Open, but local golfers lurk within striking distance.

John Kaiser and Jerry Kidney are tied for the lead after carding 71s (1-over) after two laps on the 9-hole Glenwood Springs Golf Club course. Lamar Carlile sits third one stroke back, while three players – Kirk Blaszyk of Rifle, Scott Hansen of Grand Junction and Jim Peloquin of El Jebel – are tied for fourth after rounds of 73. Defending champion Doug Jones is three strokes off the pace with a 74.

While no players shot in the 60s, Glenwood Springs Golf Club head pro and tournament organizer Greg Gortsema said the scores were about what he expected.

“The championship and first flight are a little stronger this year,” he said, “but it’s all about on pace for the first day.”

Like the championship flight, the first flight has two players tied for first after the opening day. Rusty Jones of Marble and Glenwood Springs’ Mark Stripp both finished with 72. Mark Smith of Glenwood sits third at 75.

“I pretty much kept myself out of trouble,” said Jones, who last year also led the first flight of the tournament with a 72 before finishing fifth. “I chipped in for eagle on No. 10 and that kind of got me back in it. All in all, I was pretty steady.”

Stripp admitted that playing his home course helped out, but not all knowledge is good.

“Seven hurts me every time,” Stripp said. “It’s just a mental thing I think. I played a pretty decent round but bogeyed seven both times.”

David Dodson carded the top score in the second flight with 76, followed by Bob Freyshlag at 78. In the third flight Tim Parker shot a 75, four strokes ahead of Tim Whalen. Tom Jorgenson carries a four-stoke lead in the fourth flight after notching a 78, while Joseph Luetke and Chris McComas share the low net round of 63 in the fifth flight.

In Friday’s Glenwood Open Pro-Am Doug Rohrbaugh out of River Valley Ranch posted the low pro score with 67, followed by Shad Johnson at 69. Tom Carricato and Robert O’Hara at 70.

Gortsema was the pro representative on the first-place Pro-Am team. Gortsema teamed with local players Stripp, Jim Frey, Mike Stickler and Steve Williams for a score of 121.

The squad consisting of pro Dennis Johnson, along with John Seidel, Pat English, Larry Flores and Kevin Hodgins, was second with 122, followed by four other teams finishing seven strokes behind the leader.


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