King of ‘The Hill’ title on the line |

King of ‘The Hill’ title on the line

G. Sean KellyPost Independent Sports Editor
Post Independent Photo/Kelley Cox Sunday, July 11, 2004 Glenwood Open Mark Barlau of Basalt tees off on the seventh hole in the championship flight of the Glenwood Open Sunday afternoon.

Area golfers have had a few months now to get their sticks back. On Saturday they can shoot for King of “The Hill” honors.The two-day Glenwood Open tees off Saturday at Glenwood Springs Golf Club, and locals will be battling for bragging rights, as well as trying to fend off the out-of-town players at the Colorado Golf Association points event.

The field will consist of the usual cast of players who are always in the hunt, said Glenwood Springs Golf Club head pro Greg Gortsema. Doug Jones shot a 69 to lead after the first round last year before faltering in the second round. Jerry Kidney and Mike Moser were among four who tied for second last year, and Mark Stripp won the event in 2003. All are among the favorites this year.

One notable absence is last year’s champion Jerod Brown. The Rifle High graduate wasn’t registered as of Wednesday afternoon, but it’s not too late. Gortsema said about a dozen spots are open in the field of 120 players.Stripp and Moser are two of the local favorites going in, along with Michael Smith and Kirk Blaszyk, who finished 1-2 in Tuesday’s weekly Men’s Club competition. Stripp was third on Tuesday, but a 36-hole tournament is quite a bit different than the weekly club game.

“I think last year Jerod shot one over par,” Gortsema said. “If a guy finishes 36 holes at 2-under he’s going to be a winner. Even par is going to be a real good score.”And, although the last few days have been scorching, the wet spring has the course in excellent shape, according to Gortsema, which could lead to some low rounds.To register for the Glenwood Open, call the pro shop at 945-7086.

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