Taylor Rodriguez, David Delich, David Nelon, Julia Baroth, Annika Schooler atop leaderboards at CGA Western Chapter
By Gary Baines – 8/14/2021
Taylor Rodriguez of Pueblo Country Club shot a bogey-free 4-under-par 68 on Saturday to grab the first-round lead at the 39th CGA Western Chapter Championship at Gypsum Creek Golf Course in Gypsum.
The former Colorado State University-Pueblo golfer made four birdies and 14 pars in taking a one-stroke lead into Sunday’s final round.
Bryan Rusin of Overland Park Golf Course, who earlier this year won the CGA Four-Ball with teammate Chris Thayer of Golden, holds second place at 69 following a seven-birdie, four-bogey day.
Speaking of Thayer, the three-time CGA Mid-Amateur champion shares third place at 70 with Nick Fallin of Highlands Ranch. Thayer’s round included an eagle and four birdies, along with two bogeys and a double bogey. Fallin also eagled the seventh hole.
Defending champion Kyle Pearson of Meridian Golf Club posted a 77 and is tied for 20th place.
In the senior division, David Delich of The Broadmoor Golf Club, a CGA Senior Player of the Year twice in his career, shares the lead at 1-under-par 71 with David Nelson of Columbine Country Club, who won the 2020 CGA Super-Senior Amateur at Gypsum Creek.
Nelson made five birdies on Saturday and Delich four.
Scott Patterson of Eagle Ranch Golf Course and Bob Schuler of Overland Park GC share third place at 72.
In the women’s division, Annika Schooler of Littleton, a South Dakota Mines golfer, and Julia Baroth of CommonGround Golf Course, who plays for the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, share the lead with 4-over-par 76s.
Schooler carded four birdies on Saturday and Baroth three.
Zoey Rodriguez of Pueblo holds third place at 79.