Victory at Jack’s Place

Coloradans Erin Houtsma and Erinn Lopez win women’s competition at U.S. Doubles Golf Am Championship

By Gary Baines – 11/10/2022

A year after a pair of Coloradans claimed the senior title in the U.S. Doubles Golf Am Championship, a couple of players from the Centennial State earned the victory in the women’s competition in Jupiter, Fla.

Erin Houtsma, winner of the 2005 Colorado Women’s Open and two-time champ at the CGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Stroke Play, and teammate Erinn Lopez, business development and special events director for the Colorado PGA, earned the win on Nov. 1 at The Bear’s Club. They, like the champions in the other divisions, were presented their trophies by Jack Nicklaus, a co-founder of Doubles Golf and the tournament host.

Houtsma, a former University of Colorado golfer who now lives in Denver, and Lopez, a Texas native, scored a five-stroke victory in the women’s competition, which featured four teams. In the 27-hole two-person gross-score scramble, Houtsma and Lopez finished at 7 under par. Pat Ayres and Maureen Pinnix of South Florida placed second, at 2 under.

Erinn Lopez (left) and Erin Houtsma with tournament host Jack Nicklaus.

Last year, the senior competition winners from Colorado were Tom McGeary and Bob Blayney.

This year, the best Colorado finishers — in addition to Houtsma and Lopez, were: Phil Ruiz and Terry Shipman, tied for second in the seniors division; Gary Wayne and Susan Horton, tied for fourth in the mixed; and Zach Schultz and Jeremy Bryant, fifth in the men’s open division. 

In all, teams representing 11 PGA of America Sections competed in the U.S. Doubles Golf Am Championship. For more on the competition, CLICK HERE.