MONTROSE – Although the Cornerstone golf course has only been open fully for a mere two years, the Western Slope’s newest signature golf course has won a nod of approval from the state’s governing golf body.
Cornerstone was chosen by the Colorado Golf Association to host its Senior Stroke Play Championships, which began on Tuesday and ends Friday.
The 54-hole tournament, played in stroke play format at scratch for players 50 years of age and older, brings together the state’s best senior players. Said Pete Lis, Director of Rules and Competitions for the Colorado Golf Association; “The CGA Senior Stroke Play Championship serves as one of the two senior championships the CGA conducts each year. It attracts some of the best senior players in Colorado to play for the honor of becoming a state champion.”
Golfers playing in the CGA Tournament at Cornerstone this week will vie for the Warren Simmons Trophy, which will reside at the home club of the overall champion for one year; There is also a Super-Senior Division for all players that are 60 years of age and older.
Some past CGA Senior notables include Colorado Golf Hall of Famer Kent Moore, the 2005 and 2007 Senior Stroke Play Champion as well as 2009’s Senior Match Play Champion. Colorado’s Senior Player of the Year for 2007-2008, Robert Polk, has also been a name on this tournament’s leader board, as have other notable Colorado senior golfers Steve Murphy (2006, 2008), Ron Knapp (2004), Kelly Crone (2003), and Charlie Post (2000.)
The 84-player field is comprised of 32 “exempt” players based on past performance, 50 qualifiers from four qualifying sites, and the Host Club receives two exemptions to use at their discretion. The field will be cut to the low 40 players plus ties after 36 Holes.
“The CGA is excited to have the privilege of hosting this championship at Cornerstone. The generosity of Cornerstone has been outstanding and we feel that the players will not only be playing an excellent test of golf, but will also have the opportunity enjoy some of the great amenities Cornerstone has to offer,” the CGA’s Lis said.
Look for coverage of the event in next week’s Watch.