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Teeing It Up in the Desert

Broomfield’s Westmoreland, former CGA Amateur champ Jertson land spots in field for PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open

By Gary Baines – 1/27/2020

The Waste Management Phoenix Open, the PGA Tour event known for attracting the biggest crowds in golf, this week will feature a field that includes a couple for non-tour members who have significant Colorado connections.

Marty Jertson, the former Colorado School of Mines golfer who won the 2001 CGA Amateur Championship, earned a spot in the event by virtue of winning the Southwest PGA Championship in Arizona in September.

And Broomfield resident and former Air Force Academy golfer Kyle Westmoreland landed a sponsor’s exemption for the tournament.

Jertson, vice president of fitting & performance at Ping Golf, will be playing in his ninth PGA Tour event. Last year, he made his first cut on golf’s top circuit, finishing 82nd in the PGA Championship. He’s competed in four PGAs and four Shriners Hospitals for Children’s Opens. 

Westmoreland is set for his second PGA Tour event, having missed the cut in A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier in September, where he also received a sponsor’s exemption.

Meanwhile, four PGA Tour members with strong Colorado ties will compete in the Phoenix Open, which starts Thursday in Scottsdale: Wyndham Clark, Mark Hubbard, Kevin Stadler and former Colorado State University golfer Martin Laird.