New face wins Conviser Cup
Last weekend marked the end of Aspen’s competitive golf season and the likely beginning of a run of dominance by a new local golfer.The Aspen Golf Course hosted the 2004 Michael Conviser Cup, the city of Aspen’s annual 36-hole stroke-play championship played at the end of the summer. Former Junior All-American and Stanford golf team alumnus Josh Mondry, who recently moved to Aspen from Detroit, won the tournament and the admiration of local golfers with a two-round total of 145, an 11-stroke victory.”He’s the best golfer in the field, without a doubt,” competitor and playing partner John Walla said after the first round. After an opening-round even par, Mondry faltered early in the final round, at one point moving to five over par, but was never seriously threatened by a field that struggled on both days. With some of Aspen’s better golfers missing, including two-time defending champion Mark Barlow, the scores over the two days were high despite benign conditions. Birdies on 13 and 16 in the final round ensured Mondry two of only three rounds under 75 for the tournament.”It’s amazing but none of our better golfers put two good rounds together,” Aspen Golf Course shop manager Mary Woulfe said.A championship trophy was presented to Mondry by Barbara Conviser, whose husband Michael was a former city stroke-play champion. The tournament was renamed in honor of Conviser after his death in 2000.Here are the final results:Championship flight: Josh Mondry (first), Blake Hull (second), Gary Snyder (third);First flight gross: Chris Uber, Wylie Melberg, Erik Streff;First flight net: Dennis Burril, Tom Melberg, John Badeau;Second flight gross: Brian Sledge, Jim Jochem;Second flight net: Tom Teigen, Silverio Sanchez;Third flight gross: Peter Niklin, John Sommers;Third flight net: Eddie Rainer, Jay Fletcher;Ladies gross: Kristen Walla; Julie Anthony.Ladies net: Debie Nelson, Ann Gabriel.Eben Harrell’s e-mail is email@example.com
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