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Pros, ams team up at ‘The Hill’ in Glenwood

Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

Jeff Caspersen/Post IndependentSteve Williams tries to will his 7-iron-powered roller from just off the green into the cup on the sixth hole at Glenwood Springs Golf Club. Williams, Jim Richmond, John Lindsay and club pro Greg Gortsema were grouped up in Friday's Glenwood Pro-Am.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Ed Ware told his foursome he wanted to see a long bender and a chip-in as the group set out for an important round of golf at Glenwood Springs Golf Club.

By the time they completed two holes at Friday’s Glenwood Pro-Am, Ware and teammates Rich Lee, Delwin Fletcher and Ted Miernicki had honored Ware’s wish.

“We got the bender on one and the chip-in on two,” Ware said with a laugh. “The rest was gravy.”

Ware, an amateur swinger, contributed the well-aimed chip shot and his team was well on its way to a title at the annual Pro-Am, which pairs professionals from local courses with amateur players in a 15-team tournament.

Ware’s group was buoyed by a 1-under-par 69 round from its pro – Lee.

“It was a total team effort,” said Lee, a pro at Maroon Creek Golf Course. “Everybody contributed.”

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Lee and company carded a 122 to best the 124 posted by the second-place quartet of Tom Carricato, a pro at Dos Rios Golf Course, Paul Nelson, Gregg Velasquez and Clem Mitchell.

For the second year in a row, Ironbridge Golf Club pro Doug Rohrbaugh prevailed in the individual pro standings. His 68 put him a stroke ahead of Lee.

Glenwood Springs Golf Club pro Greg Gortsema was among four posting 70s to form a third-place logjam.

Rohrbaugh cited fast greens as upping scores across the board this year. He won last year with a 64.

Two years ago, Rifle Creek Golf Course pro Tad Holloway shot a 65 to claim the individual crown.

“It’s a short course,” Rohrbaugh said. “It feels like you should shoot nothing, but the greens are tough.”

A weekend of golf continues at the course affectionately known as “The Hill” this morning. The first round of the all-amateur Glenwood Open tees off at 7:30 a.m. The second round will follow Sunday.

Also in the field will be multiple Open champ Doug Jones, the course superintendent at Lincoln Park Golf Course in Grand Junction.

Jones is making his 30th – yes, 30th – showing at the Glenwood Open.

jcaspersen@postindependent.com

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