Rohrbaugh wraps up great golfing year with Imperial Cup win |

Rohrbaugh wraps up great golfing year with Imperial Cup win

Joelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Special to the Post Independent/Mike GumrotIronbridge head golf pro Doug Rohrbaugh watches his shot during a round of the Colorado PGA Section Championship at Pelican Lakes Golf and Country Club in Windsor. Rohrbaugh won the championship

With eight Western Slope Pro Am wins and the Western Slope Professional Golfer of the Year award already in hand from the 2007 golf season, Ironbridge Golf Club’s Doug Rohrbaugh was already having a great year.Then the Colorado Section PGA’s Imperial Cup results came in and it got even better.Rohrbaugh won the Cup with a massive point total of 1,140, which was 295 points ahead of runner-up and way ahead of the nearly 650 golfers involved.”The Imperial Cup was just icing on the cake,” said Rohrbaugh, who was awarded $3,000 for the win. “It was unexpected.”The Imperial Cup is described as “a season-long points race similar to NASCAR’s Nextel Cup” on its Web site. It started a the very beginning of the season and includes many factors like several tournaments, educational seminars and golf products purchased.”It’s not just the performance, however that helps quite a bit,” Rohrbaugh said. “I had a very good year and got most of my points through playing.”Rohrbaugh credits the Colorado Section PGA Individual Match title he earned in October as a huge part of his big year. That accomplishment took six rounds of solid play to earn.”What did it for me was the Colorado Sectional PGA Match play, that was a big bonus that helped me huge,” the 45-year-old said.Rohrbaugh is in his third year of working at Ironbridge, but has been involved in golf in the Valley since 1991 with stops at the Aspen Golf Club and River Valley Ranch. This year has been one of his best on the links.”This was one of my best years. I had one other year that was very similar to this,” he said. “The Colorado Open didn’t go as well as I would have liked (he finished 34th), but the Western Slope Pro Ams and Western Slope Golfer of the Year where great.”The Carbondale resident might go play in the Nevada Open in December, but for the most part the competitive 2007 season is over. When the snow melts and golf starts up again next year though, Rohrbaugh will be out there, ready to have another standout year.”I gotta defend,” he said.Greg Gortsema of the Glenwood Springs Golf Club took third place in the Imperial Cup, earning $1,200. Gortsema tied Bear Creek’s Kirk Rider at 855 points, but Rider won the tiebreaker.Matt Rowe, also of Ironbridge Golf Club, finished fifth, bringing home $500.

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