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Rohrbaugh qualifies for Senior PGA event

Staff Report

Ironbridge Golf Club director of golf Doug Rohrbaugh has qualified for the Greater Gwinnett Championship this coming weekend, securing a spot in the tournament with his qualifying round on Monday.

The tournament will take place at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Georgia, from Friday through Sunday. The 54-hole stroke-play tournament is an official event on the PGA Tour’s Champions Tour, which is for golf professionals 50 and older.

The tournament will feature 81 Champions Tour professionals competing for a $1.8 million purse.

Rohrbaugh, who lives in Carbondale, earned his invitation for the tournament by playing in a qualifying event on Monday. He finished in a four-way tie for first after scoring a 3-under 69, tying with Steve Jones (Chandler, Arizona), John Inman (Durham, N.C.), and Anders Forsbrand (Ponta Vedra Beach, Florida). This weekend’s upcoming event will be Rohrbaugh’s first tournament on the Champions Tour.

Rohrbaugh claimed the Champions Tour’s 12th and final conditionally exempt spot on the senior PGA tour by winning a one-hole playoff at the 2014 Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament at Orange County National in Winterhaven, Florida, on Nov. 21, 2014. Conditionally exempt status — the status the Rohrbaugh earned — means players are accepted in tournaments on a space-available basis.

The tournament will be televised on the Golf Channel beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

As a PGA Professional for more than 25 years, Rohrbaugh has played the Australian PGA tour and competed throughout the United States.

He has been named Player of the Year for the Colorado PGA West Chapter 14 times and, in 2013, was the Senior Colorado Open Champion, qualified for the Senior U.S. Open, was the Senior Colorado PGA champion, Colorado PGA champion and Colorado PGA Senior Player of the Year. He was also selected by the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame as the 2013 “Golf Person of the Year.” As a professional, he has won close to 40 events.

Rohrbaugh was executive director of the Aspen Junior Golf Foundation for seven years and the director of instruction at River Valley Ranch Golf Club in Carbondale for four years prior to joining Ironbridge in Glenwood Springs.

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