CGA Pros Rohrbaugh and Northern Finish Second, Elway 19th
Texas professional Ron Schroeder carded an even-par 72 and claimed the HealthONE Colorado Senior Open by two strokes on Friday, staving off determined charges from Carbondale’s Doug Rohrbaugh and Colorado Springs’ Mike Northern to win the prestigious title and first-place check of $8,500.
Schroeder’s three-day 2-under par total of 214 (73-69-72) was the only score in red figures at Green Valley Ranch, the multiple award-winning, semi-private golf club in South Denver.
“This was one I wanted,” said Schroeder, a former Texas Amateur champion who placed third last year and has played the Colorado Senior Open seven times. “I’m glad to finally get this one under my belt.”
Schroeder’s victory comes six years after a devastating auto accident left him with broken hands and injuries to the chest and feet and four years after winning 2010 Jamaican Open.
Valley Hi Golf Course head pro Northern, a three-time Colorado Section Player of the Year, shot rounds of 70-73-73 to finish tied for second two strokes back. Rohrbaugh matched Northern’s aggregate total, carding 71-70-75 in a bid to become the first repeat champion in Colorado Senior Open history.
Cherry Hills Village’s Kent Moore was low amateur at the event, shooting 3-over par (70-75-74) and tied for sixth overall. Moore, the men’s golf coach at Wheaton College in Illinois, also was low amateur in 2006. Moore is a former winner of the CGA Stroke Play, Match Play, Senior Match Play and the Junior Match Play, and has been inducted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame.
Denver Broncos legend John Elway was second among amateurs, shooting 8 over par (71-78-75) that was good enough for a tie for 19th overall. Jeff Thomsen of Boise, Idaho, who won the Colorado Senior Open in 2004, claimed the super-senior title Friday for players 60 and older with rounds of 75-72-76 that left him in 17th place overall.
Chris Duthie is a contributor to Colorado AvidGolfer, the state’s leading resource for golf and the lifestyle that surrounds it. It publishes eight issues annually and proudly delivers daily content via www.coloradoavidgolfer.com.