The annual 36-hole Glenwood Springs Open amateur golf tournament was held Saturday and Sunday at the venerable West Glenwood course known to many as “The Hill.”
With course superintendent Jim Richmond and his assistant Kirk Blaszyk providing a well-groomed but challenging layout, golfers of all abilities — divided up into six flights, based on United States Golf Association handicaps — stepped up to the challenge to see who would be crowned Open champion for 2022.
In the championship flight, Cody Nelson of Silt successfully defended his title from 2021, shooting rounds of 72 and 67 for a two-day total of 139 to outdistance second-place finisher Jack Hughes by five strokes.
“I hit the ball well on Saturday, I just didn’t score well,” said Nelson on being two shots behind the leaders going into Sunday’s deciding round. “There was a little bit of pressure, but I actually felt like I was in pretty good position to make a solid move.”
Rounding out the money winners in the championship flight were Carson Kerr (147), Michael Smith (148), Kirk Blaszyk (149) and Jeb Savage (150).
In the tournament’s first flight, Sean Bowling posted a score of 148 to take honors. Klayton Costanzo and DJ Pelland tied for second at 157. Glenwood’s Dave Sorel and Cam Avery rounded out the money winners at 159 and 160 strokes.
In a tightly contested second flight, it was Chris Pitman winning with a score of 162. Roland Gauthier (163) and Lance Fullenwider (164) were close behind. Miguel Mondragon and Nick Hoffmeister (165) were also in close pursuit, with Kirby Smith and Eric Foerster (166) in the money, also.
Third flight results had Kaleb Koski winning with a score of 157. Josh Berns (159), Jeff Austin (164), Chris Curran (165), Mark Stripp and Nick Lunn (168) also placed in the money.
The fourth flight had a tie for first place with Mike Chastain and Mike Adams each turning in scorecards with identical 167 tallies. Jim Otto and Kevin Hodgins tied for second at 174. Ron Nadon, who won the “King of the Hill” tourney, which was also played at the GSGC a few weeks back, rounded out the top players in flight number four at 176.
The fifth flight (net score total) had Kenny Smith winning with a handicap total of 133. Edward Zinn (135), Steve Williams (141), Jeff Nelson (143), Danny Adams (143) and Nick Harris 144 were the other money winners.
Course General Manager Jerry Butler said 94 golfers took part in this year’s Open tournament.