Former Champion Zaremba Takes Lead After First Round of Colorado Senior PGA Professional Championship

51 Competing for 7 Spots in National Championship

Don’t tell Mike Zaremba that it’s been thirteen years since he last won the Colorado Senior PGA Professional Championship. The PGA Professional from Desert Hawk at Pueblo West turned back the clock on Monday as he posted a three-under-par 69 to take the lead at the halfway point of the two-day event. Not only did Zaremba claim the title in this event in 2005, he is a two-time Section Player of the Year (1983, 1999) and two-time Section Champion (1987, 1999).

 

Zaremba’s round was highlighted by an eagle-3 at the downhill par-5 15th hole. His round also included five birdies and four bogeys in route to a one shot lead.

 

Sitting in second place is a trio of players at two-under-par 70. That group includes Larry Rinker, Director of Instruction at Red Sky Golf Club, Dave Arbuckle, Instructor at Springs Ranch Golf Course and Chris Johnson, a PGA Life Member. Arbuckle previously won this championship in 2006 and 2007.

 

Sitting just two-shots back at one-under-par 71 are six players; George Kahrhoff, Director of Golf at The GC at Ravenna, Doug Rohrbaugh, Sales Rep with Anderson Ord Apparel, Rick Cole, Head Professional at Eaton Country Club, Barry Milstead, Head Professional at Valley Country Club, Bill Loeffler, Owner at The Links Golf Course and Mike McCutchen, Assistant Professional at Family Sports Center.

 

The top 6 finishers, plus the champion, from this event qualify for the 2018 Senior PGA Professional Championship, October 25-28, 2018, at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The champion will also represent the Colorado PGA at the 2018 adidas Invitational in Cabo San Lucas, Mex. through a partnership between the event and the Colorado PGA REACH Foundation.

 

The final round will begin with tee times off the first hole at 7:30am. The leaders will begin their final round at 10:10am.

 

Click here to check out the complete first round results.