In advance of this year’s CoBank Colorado Senior Open, World Golf Hall of Famer Hale Irwin led a clinic for The First Tee of Green Valley Ranch.
Now it’s the CoBank Colorado Women’s Open turn. On August 29, two days before the beginning of the competition, LPGA superstar and The First Tee Spokesperson Paula Creamer will give a clinic at Green Valley Ranch. More than 250 girls aged 5-18 from The First Tee chapters throughout Colorado and other youth organizations throughout metro Denver will attend.
These junior clinics resulted from the desire of CoBank—in its first year as the championships’ sponsor—to “activate” its sponsorship. The CEO of the Colorado Opens, Kevin Laura, who has worked with PGA and LPGA professionals for years, decided to bring in name pros with ties to the Colorado Open or The First Tee to conduct clinics that would kick off each championship.
Coupled with the increased purse for the CoBank Colorado Open, the clinics have certainly created the desired buzz.
The CoBank Colorado Women’s Open (August 31-September 2) should also get some buzz from the appearance of Monument native Paige Spiranac, who registered last Friday to play in the Open. Spiranac, who won the 100th CWGA Match Play and a June 1 Cactus Tour event at Orange Tree Golf Club in Scottsdale, has appeared on the cover of Golf Digest, for whom she has served as a social media correspondent. She has 743,000 Instagram followers.
One woman who won’t be competing—as of now—in the event is amateur sensation Jennifer Kupcho, who recently won the CWGA Stroke Play by 19 strokes. She will be heading to Wake Forest University for her sophomore year.
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