Ron Vlosich, PGA Life Member, is in position to claim the Colorado PGA Professional Championship 28 years after he claimed the first of his three titles in the championship. Vlosich backed up an opening three-under-par 69 with a one-under-par 71 to open a two-shot lead going into the final round. Vlosich is a three-time champion of the event. He won three years in a row starting in 1991 when he was the Director of Golf at Green Gable Country Club.
“It’s really just about perseverance, going out there and continuing to try to compete,” Vlosich said when asked what it would mean to win the championship again after so many years. “I really just enjoy competing. I’ve had my fair share of injuries and setbacks like most people my age but I’ve felt pretty good lately and hope to wake up tomorrow feeling pretty good so I can go out there and compete.”
Vlosich made five birdies during the second round to go with two bogeys and a double-bogey.
“You can get in trouble out there if you hit it off the green stuff and that can add up,” he said after the round. “I’ve done a pretty good job avoiding those big numbers and haven’t really had any holes, other than six today, that I’ve really had those senior moments.”
He attributes his success this week to strong iron play and deft touch around the greens. “I’ve really hit some good irons shots this week and have had good touch around the greens. I haven’t made every putt but I’m doing a good job lagging the long ones and taking advantage of when I hit it close.”
Three players sit in second place, two-strokes behind Vlosich. First round leader Seth Terpstra, PGA Instructor at GOLFTEC – DTC, followed up an opening 69 with a one-over-par 73. University of Denver Men’s Golf Coach Erik Billinger, PGA, followed up an opening 73 with a three-under-par 69. And Ryan Wroblewski, PGA Assistant Professional at Cherry Hills Country Club, posted the low-round of the championship with a four-under-par 68, following an opening 74.
Sitting in fifth place at one-under-par 143 is 2001 champion Micah Rudosky, PGA Head Professional at Conquistador Golf Course. One shot behind him is David Steinmetz, PGA Director of Golf at The Club at Inverness, who stands at even-par 144.
The field was cut to the low 50 percent of the starting field and ties following the second round. 70 players made the cut. The final round will begin at 7:30am with the leaders will teeing off at 9:25am on the first hole.
The top-8 finishers (including the champion), from this event qualify for the 53rd PGA Professional Championship, April 26-29, 2020, at Omni Barton Creek Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas.
Champion to Receive Lease to a Brand-New Cadillac
Thanks in part to a growing relationship with John Elway Cadillac of Park Meadows, the winner of the Colorado PGA Professional Championship will receive a one-month lease to a Cadillac XT4. Cadillac was named the Official Vehicle of the PGA of America, PGA Championship, KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship and KPMG Women’s PGA Championship earlier this year.
True Temper Project X Series
The Colorado PGA Professional Championship is the third of our events in the True Temper Project X Series. The player who accumulate the most points for the four-event series will claim the $2,000 first place prize.