Eyes on the Prize

2021 U.S. Amateur champ, numerous top Colorado golfers headline field for $250,000 Inspirato Colorado Open

By Gary Baines – 7/18/2022

The 2021 U.S. Amateur champion and the two Coloradans who came ever so close to winning the tournament last year are among those headlining the field for the 58th Inspirato Colorado Open that will be played Thursday through Sunday at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club in northeast Denver.

James Piot of Canton, Mich., winner of the 2021 U.S. Amateur who is now competing in LIV Golf events, is scheduled to be in the field for the $250,000 Open. And so are Jake Staiano of Englewood and Derek Fribbs of Aurora, who tied for second place at the Colorado Open last year, finishing a stroke behind winner Alex Weiss, now a Korn Ferry Tour regular. Staiano, the 2021 Rocky Mountain Open champion who has played in nine Korn Ferry Tour events this year, and Fribbs, the 2021 Utah Open winner, will be trying to become the first Coloradans since 2017 to claim the Colorado Open title.

Also set to compete at GVR — seeking the $100,000 first prize, the highest for a state golf open — are past Colorado Open champions Derek Tolan of Erie (2009 and ’12), Zahkai Brown of Golden (2013), Sam Saunders of Albuquerque (2019), Dru Love of St. Simons Island, Ga. (2018), Jimmy Gunn of Scotland (2015) and Wil Collins of Rapid City, S.D. (2005).

Likewise in the field is Colorado School of Mines alum — and 2001 CGA Amateur champion — Marty Jertson, who has competed in five PGA Championships, one U.S. Open and five other PGA Tour events. Other prominent players set for the event include Gunner Wiebe; amateur Connor Jones of Westminster, runner-up in the recent Trans-Miss and winner of the 2022 CGA Match Play; Dillon Stewart of Fort Collins, who just finished third at the Porter Cup international amateur event; James Love of Denver, who’s posted top-4 finishes at two of the last three Colorado Opens; AJ Ott of Fort Collins; Colorado PGA professionals Micah Rudosky and Geoff Keffer; and amateur Colin Prater of Colorado Springs.

The Colorado Open will be contested over 72 holes, with a cut to the low 60 players and ties after 36 holes. Spectators are welcome to attend, free of charge.

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