Jonathan Kaye Ties Scoring Record, Wins CoBank Colorado Open

Flanked by Colorado Open Golf Foundation Chairman Chris Nordling (left), CoBank SVP of Marketing Arthur Hodges and kids from The First Tee of Green Valley Ranch, Jonathan Kaye celebrates his second Colorado Open victory.

Twenty-one years after his first Colorado Open victory, Jonathan Kaye of Boulder posted an impressive final-round 6-under 66 at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club en route to a record-tying 23-under-par 265 in the 53rd CoBank Colorado Open.

The victory earned the two-time PGA TOUR winner $100,000. For perspective, Kaye’s winning share in 1996 was $27,000.

Kaye’s 8-birdie/2-bogey Sunday performance was one shot better than runner-up Jacob Lestishen of Lone Tree, CO who pocketed $20,000 for the week.

Kaye and Lestishen were knotted at 21-under after Lestishen eagled the par-4 14th with a greenside chip-in. However, Kaye, in the group behind, birdied the 14th as well to take back the lead.

Lestishen then tied it again at 22-under with a birdie at 15, but Kaye overcame an abysmal second shot on the difficult par-5 18th.  He put his third shot 12 feet from the pin and coaxed in the putt to make birdie, tying the all-time tournament scoring record of 23-under 265 set last year by champion Neil Johnson.

Defending his title, Johnson shot a 19-under-par 269 to tie for third with Oscar Fraustro of Chihuahua, Mexico. Both earned $9,500.

In the low amateur competition, Jake Staiano, playing for Colorado State University, kept his 3rd round seven-stroke lead intact shooting even par 72 (15-under total) beating University of Colorado player John Souza from Phoenix, AZ and four others for the amateur title.

Staiano Low Amateur
Low Amateur Jake Staiano of Colorado State University with CoBank’s Arthur Hodges and COGF Chairman Chris Nordling.

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