Inverness assistant pro Pat Reidy takes first PGA Section title.
By Jon Rizzi
Where are all the young guns?
For the fifth time in the last six years, a player over the age of 50 won the Colorado PGA Professional championship.
Pat Reidy, 52, who has spent his professional career at Inverness Golf Club, shot a 1-over-par 217 last week on the new 7,437-yard TPC Colorado course in Berthoud, surviving a final-round triple-bogey on the 772-yard 13th, to earn his first Section title and $8,500.
Finishing second, two shots behind Reidy, were Rohrbaugh (56 years old) of Snowmass Club, Sherry Andonian-Smith (55) of Valley Country Club and youngbloods Dustin Miller of Black Bear and Remington Post of The Raven at Three Peaks.
Those five will join sixth-place finishers Eric Bradley (Black Bear), Caine Fitzgerald (Meadow Hills) and Alexandra Braga (Denver CC) in advancing to National PGA Professional Championship April 28-May 1, 2019 at Belfair in Bluffton, S. C..
Significantly, Andonian-Smith and Braga will be the first women to represent the Colorado PGA at the national championship.
Braga’s opening round 3-under-par 69 at TPC Colorado put her alone in first place at the end of the day’s play. It was one of only three sub-70 rounds in the tournament. The others came from Post, who fired 69 in the second round, and Andonian-Smith, whose second-round 68 marked the low round of the tournament.
A score of 14-over-par made the cut, indicating the difficulty of the course, its setup and windy conditions. The 722-yard 13th, on which Reidy made a snowman, yielded an average score of 5.60, the highest relative to par for any hole.
The toughest hole, however, might have been the 17-handicap eighth, a 167-yard tree-lined par 3, which plays right at the reservoir. Players took double-bogey or worse there 27 times during the tournament.
The 567-yard fifth— the No. 1 handicap hole—registered the lowest score relative to par with a 4.94.
And as for “Center Stage,” the plunging 140-yard par-3 that serves as the TPC Colorado’s signature? Players made more pars on it than on any other hole.