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Silt’s Cody Nelson defends Glenwood Open Golf Tourney title

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).

Jack Hughes lines up a shot on the No. 4 hole at the Glenwood Springs Golf Course Sunday. Hughes finished second overall in the championship flight.
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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.

Sports briefs: Sunny Tri is Saturday, Strawberry Shortcut coming up

Tri for the Sun triathlon

The Carbondale Recreation Department and Sunlight Mountain Resort team up for the Tri for the Sun “sprint” triathlon swimming, biking and trail running race on Saturday, June 11.

The race features a half-mile swim at the Carbondale Pool, a 16-mile road/gravel bike ride from Carbondale to Sunlight Mountain via Dry Park Road, and a 5K trail run on the mountain.

Registration and details here [ https://runsignup.com/Race/Info/CO/Carbondale/TrifortheSun].

Carbondale Arts ‘Golden Putter’ scramble

Carbondale Arts presents its second Golden Putter scramble golf tournament from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 17 at River Valley Ranch golf course in Carbondale.

According to the event web page, the tournament features alternative scoring options, arts-themed holes, prizes and more. All proceeds benefit the Rosybelle Mobile Makerspace Bus and arts education programming.

Teams of two can enter for $360 ($400 after June 1), and four-person teams can enter for $720 ($800). Registration and more information at carbondalearts.com.

45th Strawberry Shortcut 5K and 10K

The Strawberry Shortcut foot races return to Strawberry Days weekend, with the traditional 5K and 10K races taking place on Sunday, June 19 (Father’s Day).

The races begin and end on Seventh Street at Bethel Plaza, as follows: 10K, 7:30 a.m.; Willey Coyote 5K, 9 a.m.; Nancy Reinisch Mile, 10 a.m.

Registration is open at strawberryshortcut.org. There will also be a registration table on site that morning.

The day’s festivities include the Glenwood Springs Rotary Pancake Breakfast, live entertainment and beer garden. Strawberry Days will also be continuing that day in Two Rivers Park.

Gravel bike race coming June 25

The Aspen Cycling Club is gearing up for its first Gravel Gran Fondo bike races on June 25 in El Jebel.

Cyclists can choose between three distances (45 kilometers, 100K and 160K). Each course will build on the previous, so there are two options to shorten the ride, a club email stated.

The Gran Fondo will start and end at Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel, including a finish line party. For more details, course maps and registration, visit aspencyclingclub.org.

There are discounts for signing up before June 12. Course marshals are also needed, and every volunteer gets a free transferable entry for a friend. Sign up here: [signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/697014610462062098/false#/invitation].

Carbondale golf pro Doug Rohrbaugh tees it up in Senior PGA tourney this weekend

Longtime Roaring Fork Valley golf club professional Doug Rohrbaugh is playing in this weekend’s Senior PGA Championship at Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

Rohrbaugh is the former head pro at Ironbridge Golf Club and the current lead PGA instructor at River Valley Ranch in Carbondale.

A past participant in numerous PGA events, he will compete this weekend alongside major champions including Steve Stricker, Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Bernhard Langer, Vijay Singh and Tom Lehman.

The opening round of play on Thursday saw Rohrbaugh shoot 5-over par. He’ll be looking to improve on that Friday to try to make the cut for the Saturday-Sunday rounds.

“While competing on tour is the primary job of professional golfers, Doug is a PGA club professional, and his day-to-day responsibilities are vastly different than a professional golfer,” a news release states.

He is one of only 35 PGA club professionals from across the U.S. to earn a spot in the Senior PGA Championship. This will be Rohrbaugh’s eighth career Major Championship event, the release states.

Previously, Rohrbaugh competed in three KitchenAid Senior PGA Championships (2014, 2015 and 2018), four U.S. Senior Opens and the Regions Tradition, where he finished tied for 62nd.

In regional play, he was the winner of the 2018 and 2020 Colorado PGA Section Match Play Championships.

He is also a recipient of the 2018 Colorado PGA Section Player of the Year, the 2012-14 and 2018-20 Colorado PGA Section Senior Player of the Year, and numerous other awards.

“Doug has been involved in a charity ‘Golf for Kids’ in the past, an event hosted by the late Eagles singer Glen Frey, and spent a year playing the Australian Tour in 1989,” the release states.

In addition, his son, Tristan, won the Colorado State High School 3A golf title in 2013 for Basalt High School.

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.