Smuin wins Glenwood Open Golf Tournament on Sunday
Sunny skies, green fairways and a fresh breeze greeted the 92 golfers who took part in Sunday’s final round of the annual Glenwood Open Golf Tournament, played on the scenic 9-hole layout known as “The Hill.”
“Everything went well this weekend,” said course general manager Jerry Butler. “There was a positive energy from everyone throughout the tournament.”
The weekend’s good karma was especially kind to championship flight winner Levi Smuin, who shot rounds of 69 and 75 for a two day total of 144. Smuin’s score was just barely good enough to hold off the hard-charging, Sunday surge of Gypsum resident Keith Humerickhouse, who fired a final round 67 to finish one shot back of the winner. Humerickhouse’s round was the low 18-hole score for the entire weekend event.
The stroke of good fortune that may have turned the trick for Smuin was an eagle chip-in on hole number six of the back nine that kept him in contention after a few unfortunate hiccups earlier in the day.
“It was an interesting round. I didn’t really know where everyone else was in terms of a score. That chip certainly helped the cause. It helped me get myself back on track,” said Smuin, a Fort Collins resident who has been working in Glenwood for most of the summer. Along with Humerickhouse, the pair of Tristan Rohrbaugh and Joey Haack, also finished one shot behind Smuin with a two day total of 145. Rounding out the top of the championship flight with scores of 146 were Michael Smith, Denton Walker and Zach Neiditz.
The first flight winner, New Castle’s Mark Barlau, pulled off some chipping magic of his own en route to victory. Barlau, age 73, who works at the Battlement Mesa Golf Club, swung a gap wedge from 128 yards out, and then watched as the ball trickled into the hole for an eagle on hole number nine that allowed him to card a two shot victory over Glenwood’s Mike Moser. Barlau was at 151 strokes for the tourney, with Moser at 153.
“Without a doubt, that shot jump-started my day,” said Barlau, who won the first flight at the 2015 Open. “None of us played real well though on the back nine, but I managed to play good enough.” The rest of the first flight saw Dave Sorel (154), Dan Fritz (155) and Doug Jones (157) all provide stiff competition to Barlau.
Glenwood’s John Lee played some steady golf, carding two rounds of identical 77’s for a 154 tournament total to capture honors in the second flight. Lee won by a comfortable margin over Chris Hoffmeister (160), Mark Smith (161), Steve Yellen (166) and Patrick Burwell (166).
The tournament’s third flight ended with a tie at 172, as two men also of Glenwood, Paul Nelson and Jeff Franke, ended up sharing the winning purse. Franke made up an 11-shot deficit going into Sunday’s final round by shooting an 82 to pull even with Nelson. Mitch Carter found himself one shot back at 173. After Carter, Nic Rocco shot a 175, and Danny Adams scored a 176.
Low net determines the winner in the fourth flight of the Open, and Kenny Smith of Glenwood recorded a total of 135 after golf handicap is figured into the player’s final score. Smith was followed by Mike Stickler (140), Delwyn Fletcher (141), Tom Williams (142) and Tom Silverman (144).
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