Pro-Am golf tournament features 4-way playoff |

Pro-Am golf tournament features 4-way playoff

Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” As tournament organizers scribbled the scores up on the board, the gawking crowd gathered en mass out on the Glenwood Springs Golf Club deck.

Its members were all eager to see how they fared at Friday’s annual Glenwood Pro-Am, which pairs local golf professionals with amateurs in a tournament setting; it also served as a fun precursor to the two-day, amateur-exclusive Glenwood Open that follows today and Sunday.

In the end, Ironbridge Golf Club head pro Doug Rohrbaugh and teammates Blake Hull, Bryan Avery and John Gilcrest took top honors, combining on a team score of 122. Scores are figured by adding the team’s top gross and net scores.

“We hammed and egged it,” said Rohrbaugh, enjoying the company of his golfing buddies after an 18-hole round in which he shot a tourney-best 6-under-par 64. “All of us played really well.”

Rohrbaugh’s a yearly swinger at the Glenwood Pro-Am, as are the majority of the field’s 60 golfers.

“It’s the same group of guys every year,” Rohrbaugh noted. “The whole Western chapter is a fun bunch of guys.”

A logjam of 129-scoring teams ” four of them, to be exact ” followed Rohrbaugh’s bunch on the leaderboard.

Taking second by a scorecard playoff was a group fronted by Luke Brosterhaus, a pro at Haymaker Golf Course in Steamboat Springs. He paired with John Lee, Kevin Hodgins and Tom Williams on a 129, which proved to be a popular score on Friday.

Battlement Mesa pro Jason Franke teamed with Dan Fritz, Jim Otto and his dad, Jeff Franke, to take third.

Kirk Blaszyk, who’s not a pro but was assigned as a team captain, joined up with Jim Frey, Delwyn Fletcher and Mike Nemelka on fourth.

Blaszyk, who works at Aspen Glen Golf Club but is a men’s club member at GSGC, credited home-course advantage to helping his team along.

“It helped,” he said. “It’s a good group of local guys. We’ve all known each other for years.”

GSGC head pro Greg Gortsema not only organized the tourney but played in it. He grouped up with GSGC superintendent Jim Richmond, Eric Lundin and Bob Campiglia to grab fifth.

For most, the Glenwood Pro-Am ” and the ensuing Open ” is less about competition and more about getting away from it all.

“It’s a great way to escape work,” said amateur swinger Tom Silverman, who played for a team led by Lincoln Park Golf Course pro Robert O’Hare. “This is a perfect place. It’s a really fabulous nine-hole course. Glenwood should be proud.”

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