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Jon Mitchell
Post Independent Sports Editor
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Glenwood Open Results

Championship Flight (Top 10)

1. Keith Humerickhouse 67-65 132; 2. Tristin Rohrbaugh 71-70 141; 3. Lamar Carlile 69-74 143; 4. Kirk Blaszyk 73-73 146; 5. Michael Smith 77-72 149; 6. (tie) Doug Choate 76-74 150, Doug Jones 73-77 150, and Jared Bickling 78-72 150; 9. Mike Riley 80-73 153; 10. Dan Stripp 81-73 154.

First Flight (Top 10)

1. Craig Nichols 75-71 146; 2. (tie) Mark Stripp 82-70 152, and Silverio Sanchez 75-77 152; 4. DL Brown 78-75 153; 5. Roland Gauthier 80-74 154; 6. D.J. Pelland 79-76 155; 7. (tie)Jerry Butler 78-79 157, Joe Morrill 76-81 157, and Mark Barlau 79-78 157; 10. (tie) Dan Fritz 76-83 159, and John Lee 75-84 159.

Second Flight (Top 10)

1. Mark Smith 75-79 154; 2. Eric Lundin 73-84 157; 3. James Patrick Heelan 76-82 158; 4. Mark Becker 79-80 159; 5. John Pelland 86-74 160; 6. Norm Bolitho 85-79 164; 7. Parker Hille 80-85 165; 8. M. Barnato 88-80 168; 9. Dan Jarosz 83-86 169; 10. Pat Steele 83-87 170.

Third Flight (Top 5)

1. Danny Adams 83-83 166; 2. Mike Chastain 83-84 167; 3. Ron Nadon 79-90 169; 4. (tie) Dan Boehm 81-91 172, Dave Ruechel 82-90 172, and Steve Williams 88-84 172.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Keith Humerickhouse wasn’t worried. After all, the lefthanded and longtime golfer at Glenwood Springs Golf Course has played in big tournaments before.

But to be challenged by a teenager for the Glenwood Open championship? A teenager?

No worries. That just made him step up his game.



“I wouldn’t have expected that unless I knew who it was,” said Humerickhouse, who was just one stroke ahead of the Basalt High School senior-to-be Tristin Rohrbaugh halfway through Sunday’s final round before securing a nine-stroke victory at Glenwood Springs Golf Course.

“When [Rohrbaugh] started out the way he did, my train of thought was, ‘Game on.’”
Keith Humerickhouse
Glenwood Open winner

“Tristin’s Dad [Doug] is a very good player, and I’ve played a lot of golf with them,” he continued. “I wasn’t surprised, and I was really looking forward to playing with him today because Dougie had told me how well he’s playing. And when he started out how he did, my train of thought was, ‘Game on.’”



No doubt, Humerickhouse’s path to a third consecutive Glenwood Open title wasn’t as easy as the final score had indicated. His final score might indicate that, however, as his 5-under 65 on Sunday left him with an 8-under 132 for the two-day tournament.

Rohrbaugh, however, made a tremendous push on the start of his round on Sunday. He birdied the par-4 first hole, then followed that with a 15-foot putt for eagle on the par-5 second. By the time the 10th hole came around, Rohrbaugh had cut three strokes off his first-day score and was just one stroke behind Humerickhouse’s 4-under at the turn.

“After that second hole, I definitely thought there was some potential there,” Rohrbaugh said.

Lamar Carlile, who was in second place with a first-day 1-under 69 after Saturday’s first round, shot a 4-over 74 on Sunday to finish third. Kirk Blaszyk, who finished second to Humerickhouse in last year’s Glenwood Open, finished fourth this year with a 6-over 146 for the two-day tournament.

What plagued Rohrbaugh during the front nine, however, was his inconsistency. After he got off to the start he did, he alternated birdies and bogies until he hit the back nine.

The decisive hole, however, was No. 14. After his tee shot landed in the rough, he got nowhere with his initial approach shot and wound up three-putting for a triple-bogey.

“That was my fault,” Rohrbaugh said. “I shouldn’t have done that.”

Meanwhile, Humerickhouse blazed through the back nine. After shooting an even-par 35 on the front, he made par on every hole and birdied the final three to close out the day at 5-under.

“I actually went to him afterwards and said to him, ‘Hey man, thanks for making that fun,’” said Humerickhouse, the three-time Colorado Mid-Amateur champion who makes his home in Eagle but calls The Hill his home course. “It got me going. And when he made a seven on that one hole, it was unfortunate. But it gave me the breathing room I needed.”

jmitchell@postindependent.com


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