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John Elway set to tee it up at Inspirato Colorado Senior Open for fifth time — but first since 2018; tourney begins Wednesday at Green Valley Ranch

By Gary Baines – 8/19/2022

One of Colorado’s all-time favorite sons, sports-wise, has been largely flying under the radar lately, but he’s expected to tee it high and let it fly in next week’s Inspirato Colorado Senior Open.

In his first appearance at the tournament since 2018, Broncos Pro Football Hall of Famer John Elway is among the “confirmed participants” for the CSO, which will be held Wednesday through next Friday at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club in northeast Denver (4900 Himalaya Rd.)

The event is open to the public.

Elway will tee off — along with Matt Schalk and Paul Lobato — at 8:45 a.m. off No. 1 on Wednesday and 1:40 p.m. off No. 10 on Thursday.

John Elway has finished as high as 19th in the Colorado Senior Open.

Elway, who led the Broncos to two Super Bowl titles as a quarterback and one as a general manager, is no stranger to competing in the Colorado Open championships. A strong amateur golfer, he played in the open-age Colorado Open four times. And this will mark his fifth Colorado Senior Open as he finished 52nd in 2010, 19th in 2014, 29th in 2016, and missed the 36-hole cut by one stroke in 2018.

Next week will be Elway’s first time competing in the CSO as a 60-something as the former Broncos GM/current team consultant turned 62 earlier this summer.

This year’s Colorado Senior Open will feature an increase in both the overall purse (now $90,000) and the winner’s share ($18,000) — up from $65,000 and $12,500, respectively.

Joining Elway in next week’s field are two-time defending champion Harry Rudolph of La Jolla, Calif., and past PGA Tour winners Gary Hallberg of Longmont, Keith Clearwater and Guy Boros. Also scheduled to compete are former champs Britt Pavelonis (2019), Greg Bruckner (2012 and ’15), John Ross (2016), Ron Schroeder (2014), Doug Rohrbaugh of Carbondale (2013), Dave Arbuckle of Colorado Springs (2007), Mike Zaremba of Pueblo West (2005) and Greg Harmon (2001).

Others among the confirmed players are 2000 PGA Championship runner-up Bob May; Colorado amateur Jon Lindstrom, who’s finished in the top four overall the last two years at the CSO; former U.S. Senator Mark Udall; Colorado Golf Hall of Famer Ron Vlosich; past national club pro and senior club pro champion Steve Schneiter from Utah; and Coloradans Tony Aguilar and Scott Petersen, who recently made their PGA Tour Champions debuts.

The CSO field will be cut to the low 50 players and ties following round 2.

For Wednesday’s first-round pairings from the Colorado Senior Open, CLICK HERE.