Win is well worth the wait for Smith |

Win is well worth the wait for Smith

Jon Mitchell
Michael Smith of Rifle chips from the fringe onto the fourth green during the final round of the annual Glenwood Open golf tournament at Glenwood Springs Golf Course on Sunday. Smith rallied from a four-shot deficit in the first round to force a four-hole playoff with Lamar Carlile of Denver, who he beat with a birdie putt on the fourth playoff hole.
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Final Round

Sunday at Glenwood Springs Golf Course

Top 10 Results

CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT: *1. Michael Smith 69-70 139; 2. Lamar Carlile 65-74 139; 3. Keith Humerickhouse 67-74 141; 4. Tristin Rohrbaugh 73-68 141; 5. Jared Bickling 72-69 141; 6. Mark Barlau 73-70 143; 7. Kirk Blaszyk 75-71 146; 8. Mike Riley 77-73 150; 9. Paul Pedersen 78-75 153; 10. Doug Jones 79-76 155.

* - Won tournament by one stroke on four-hole, sudden-death playoff.

FIRST FLIGHT: 1. Danny Schard 76-75 151; 2. Dave Sorel 72-81 153; 3. John Lee 78-77 155; 4. John Pelland 79-78 157; 5. (tie) Mark Smith 81-77 158, and Mark Strill 84-74 158; 7. Steve Yellen 79-80 159; 8. Roland Gauthier 79-80 159; 9. Jerry Butler 86-74 160; 10. Roger Gauthier 79-85 164.

SECOND FLIGHT: 1. Jeff Otto 78-79 157; 2. (tie) John McFarland 81-82-163, and Mark Becker 81-82 163; 4. Aaron Badolato 82-88 164; 5. Eric Pocius 85-83 168; 6. Danny Adams 85-84 169; 7. Joe Kurley 82-88 170; 8. David Jeffers 88-82 170; 9. Dan Boehm 90-80 170; 10. Pat English 85-88 173.

THIRD FLIGHT: 1. Bill Silverman 81-81 162; 2. Brian Thompson 84-85 169; 3. Pete Bryjak 89-83 172; 4. Paul Nelson 88-85 173; 5. Ashton Durrett 87-92 179; 6. Jim Otto 88-92 180; 7. Rod Woolley 90-92 182; 8. Jim Griffen 92-90 182; 9. Ron Nadon 93-90 183; 10. David Vanderhoof 91-92 183.

FOURTH FLIGHT (Net): 1. Mike Pearson 71-63 134; 2. Doug Larson 64-71 135; 3. Andy Donahoo 71-67 138; 4. Mike Stickler 66-75 141; 5. Dan Gillespie 75-68 143; 6. Phil Gallagher 75-69 144; 7. Bill Wentzel 78-68 146; 8. Joe Yost 74-72 146; 9. Tom Williams 73-73 146; 10. Terry Wilson 72-76 148.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Michael Smith of Rifle had never won the Glenwood Open in the 10-plus years he’s been playing in the tournament. Never until Sunday, that is.

And needless to say, he couldn’t have asked for a better way to win it.

Smith rallied from a four-shot deficit in Saturday’s first round to go into a playoff with first-round leader Lamar Carlile of Denver, and his six-foot birdie putt on the fourth playoff hole earned him the victory in the tournament’s championship flight at the nine-hole Glenwood Springs Golf Course.

“It’s awesome, and this feels wonderful,” said Smith, who shares the course-record round of 61 with four people. “The company along the way was great, and it’s just a great golf course all around.”

Smith and Carlile finished the second round at 1-under 139 on the course that plays at par-70 for 18 holes. Smith caught Carlile on the back nine when he birdied the par-5 15th after Carlile had to get out of some potentially massive trouble to simply bogey the hole. The pair played even for the final three holes, though Carlile twice had to chip our of the rough to make par and keep pace.

Carlile was in good spirits despite the loss. He’s played in the tournament for 10 years and has managed Top 5 finishes in five of the past seven tournaments, including a third-place finish in 2013. He had put himself in a good spot headed into Sunday’s final round thanks to his lifetime-best score of 5-under 65 on Saturday, which had given him a two-shot edge over defending champion Keith Humerickhouse.

“Losing is tough no matter what, but I’m really happy with the way that I played,” Carlile said. “Really, [Saturday was] the first under-par round that I’ve had all season.

“When you’re playing with the local guys, you’ve got to expect them to bring a little something extra,” Carlile continued. “But I’ve got to be happy with the way I as able to play on two of the last three holes, especially chipping out of trees and still saving par. It really could have been a lot worse.”

Smith’s victory snapped a run of tournament titles by Humerickhouse, who had won three consecutive Glenwood Open championships prior to the tournament this past weekend. His first-round score of 3-under 67 placed him two shots behind Carlile headed into the final round, but he was reeling after shooting a 5-over 40 on the front nine Sunday.

He made a heck of a push at the end, though, and his rally on the back nine put him right in the thick of things headed into the final hole. But on the 18th, his 25-foot birdie putt just slipped by the hole before he closed it out with two more strokes.

Humerickhouse finished two shots behind Smith and Carlile at 1-over 141, putting him in a third-place tie with Tristin Rohrbaugh and Jared Bickling. Both Rohrbaugh and Bickling shot under par on Sunday after shooting 3-over and 2-over, respectively, on Saturday.

“Keith is a good buddy and I’ll always wish him all the best,” Smith said. “I have to admit it’s nice to get a little bump in front of him.”

Glenwood Springs Golf Course head professional Greg Gortsema said it’s the longest playoff the tournament has had since he came to the course 25 years ago.

Danny Schard took first place in the tournament’s first flight with a two-day score of 151, and Jeff Otto’s score of 157 earned him a six-shot win over John McFarland and Mark Becker in the second flight. Bill Silverman won the third flight title, and Mike Pearson took first in the fourth flight.

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