22ND Edition

Several PGA Tour winners join 2020 playoff participants Harry Rudolph and Jon Lindstrom in field for CoBank Colorado Senior Open

By Gary Baines – 8/24/2021

The final tournament of the 2021 CoBank Colorado Open Championship season will be held this week — the 22nd Colorado Senior Open — and in the field are at least a handful of players who have won on the PGA Tour.

The 54-hole CSO — which features a $65,000 purse, with $12,500 going to the winner — will run Wednesday through Friday at Green Valley Ranch Golf Cub in northeast Denver.

Among the PGA Tour winners in the field are Tom Purtzer (five victories), Gary Hallberg of Niwot (three), Keith Clearwater (two), Jim Carter (one) and Guy Boros (one). In addition, Bob May, runner-up in the 2000 PGA Championship, and Skip Kendall, who’s competed in 424 PGA Tour events with four second places, also will tee it up at GVR.

But, as we saw last year at the Colorado Senior Open, amateurs can make a run at the overall title too. Professional Harry Rudolph won, but only after forcing a playoff with a 35-foot bogey putt on the final hole of regulation. Jon Lindstrom of Denver, a three-time winner of the CGA Mid-Amateur, was ever so close to becoming the first amateur in 21 years to win the Colorado Senior Open, only to finish second in the playoff.

Both Rudolph and Lindstrom are in this week’s field as well.

Also among those scheduled to compete at GVR are former champs — in addition to Rudolph — Britt Pavelonis (2019), Greg Bruckner (2012 and ’15), Ron Schroeder (2014), Doug Rohrbaugh (2013), Dave Arbuckle (2007) and Mike Zaremba (2005). Rohrbaugh is the last Colorado resident to win the CSO.

Likewise in the field are reigning Colorado Senior PGA Professional Champion Micah Rudosky of Cortez; past Colorado Open champions Scott Petersen, Paul Purtzer (and Zaremba); past CGA Senior Players of the Year Steve Ivan, Keith Atkins and David Delich; 2021 U.S. Senior Open qualifier Steve Schneiter (and Rudolph); John Ogden; John Hornbeck; and former U.S. Senator Mark Udall.

The winner of the super-senior division (for those 60 and older) will receive $1,000, if a pro.

For Wednesday’s tee times at GVR, CLICK HERE.