Taking a Big Step

Coloradan Tony Aguilar and 2-time Colorado Senior Open champ Harry Rudolph qualify at CommonGround for U.S. Senior Open

By Gary Baines – 5/18/2022

Tony Aguilar of Arvada, a longtime local professional, and Harry Rudolph of La Jolla, Calif., winner of the last two Inspirato Colorado Senior Opens, matched 1-under-par 69s on Wednesday at CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora and both qualified for the U.S. Senior Open.

The Senior Open, arguably the most prestigious senior event in golf, is set for June 23-26 at Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pa.

Aguilar birdied two of his last four holes on Wednesday, including the formidable par-4 15th, to post his 69. He finished with four birdies and three bogeys on the day.

Rudolph, a periodic playing partner of Phil Mickelson in the San Diego area, was in the last group off the first tee on Wednesday and was 4 under par through 10 holes. And despite going 3 over for his final eight holes, it was good enough to make the grade. 

Rudolph finished 34th last year in his U.S. Senior Open debut.

Placing third on Wednesday was Kirk Rider of Denver, who shot 70 and will be the first alternate.

In all, 79 players teed it up at CommonGround on Wednesday for two U.S. Senior Open berths.

For all the scores from CommonGround, CLICK HERE.

About the Writer: Gary Baines has covered golf in Colorado continuously since 1983. He was a sports writer at the Daily Camera newspaper in Boulder, then the sports editor there, and has written regularly for ColoradoGolf.org since 2009. He was voted into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 2021. Email: ColoradoGolfJournal@mac.com)