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Nelson takes Glenwood Open golf tournament championship with even-up 140

Glenwood Open Championship Flight golfer Kirk Blaszyk lines up a putt on the sixth green Sunday.
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Glenwood Springs’ Cody Nelson shot an opening round 68 on Saturday, and backed it up with a 2-over-par 72 on Sunday to capture the championship flight title at the Glenwood Springs Golf Club’s annual Glenwood Open Tournament this weekend.

Nelson, a Glenwood High School graduate who golfed collegiately at Southern Arkansas University, found himself in a final round battle with eventual second- and third-place finishers Zack Neiditz (143) and Jack Hughes (144), before a lengthy eagle putt on the sixth green stayed true to form, providing the needed boost to gain some breathing room as the closing holes loomed.

“I hadn’t made a birdie all day, but I just took my time on that putt, looked at it from both sides and trusted my line,” Nelson said. “I knew it was in halfway to the hole.”

Nelson posted a two-day total of 140 for a three-shot victory over Neiditz.

The tournament attracted a total of 98 golfers in the six-flight field, and Glenwood Golf Club general manager Jerry Butler couldn’t have been happier with the turnout of players and everything about the weekend of golf on “The Hill.”

“A great field this year and the weather cooperated,” Butler said. “Everything ran so smoothly and we had tons of compliments on what great condition the course was in. Superintendent Jim Richmond, his assistant Kirk Blaszyk, and their entire crew did a wonderful job, as usual.”

Glenwood’s Dave Sorel, who finished fifth in the first flight, went a step further than Butler in his praise for the playing conditions.

“The golf course was in perfect condition. These greens are the best on the Western Slope,” Sorel said.

Of special note, Doug Jones of Grand Junction, who finished tied for sixth in the first flight, played in his record 43rd Glenwood Open this weekend.

The following are the top 3 finishers in flights 1-5 at the Glenwood Open. The fifth flight totals are net scores only. Flights are divided up based on a player’s United States Golf Association handicap.

First Flight: 1. Nate Biro, 148; 2. Red Cunningham, 150; 3. Sean Bowling and Shane Chatfield, 152. Second Flight: 1. Nick Hoffmeister, 162; 2. David Kotz, 168; 3. Roland Gauthier, 169. Third Flight: 1. Blake Risner, 156; 2. Brian Thompson, 163; 3. Robert Fuller and Mark Bean, 169. Fourth Flight: 1. David Bobillot, 175; 2. Kevin Hodgins, 177, 3. Dave Lincoln, 178. Fifth Flight: 1. Steve Williams, 133; 2. Ron Nadon, 139; 3. Nick Harris, 140.

Sports Briefs: Basalt Half Marathon, charity golf tourneys coming in June

Basalt Half Marathon slated

The 44th Basalt Half Marathon and relay is scheduled to take place Sunday, June 6.

The race takes place on the Fryingpan River Road from the base of Ruedi Reservoir descending to the town of Basalt. Online registration is available at basalthalfmarathon.com.

All proceeds go to benefit the Basalt High School cross country running team.

YouthZone charity golf tournament

YouthZone presents its charity scramble-format golf tournament, starting at 1:30 p.m. June 4 at Lakota Links Golf Course in New Castle.

The event includes prizes for men’s and ladies longest drive and closest to the pin, plus a hole-in-one contest for the chance to win a 2021 Honda.

Proceeds are to benefit YouthZone’s prevention, intervention, restorative justice, counseling and parenting programs.

Register at youthzone.com/golf-tournament/.

Golf tourney for Carbondale Arts

Carbondale Arts presents its fundraiser Golden Putter Golf Tournament for the Arts on Saturday, June 19, at River Valley Ranch.

The tournament runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features an 18-hole, scramble format. There will also be arts-themed holes.

Proceeds are to benefit the Rosybelle mobile maker bus and arts education programs. Register at carbondalearts.com.