Luke Brosterhous stands near a green at the Royal Thimpu Golf Club in Bhutan in the summer 0f 2007. Brosterhous earned a shot to play with a group of other top pros from Colorado in October as part of the PGA's Western Chapter Match Cup.

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Luke Brosterhous stands near a green at the Royal Thimpu Golf Club in Bhutan in the summer 0f 2007. Brosterhous earned a shot to play with a group of other top pros from Colorado in October as part of the PGA's Western Chapter Match Cup.

Local golf pro selected for PGA

Brosterhous heads to regional match

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— Luke Brosterhous, the assistant golf professional at Haymaker, has been selected to play in the PGA's Western Chapter Cup Matches next month in Grand Junction.

"It's a huge honor," said Hank Franks, head professional at Haymaker Golf Course. "This is Luke's first season on our staff, and we are proud that he has been selected as one of 10 pros in our part of the state to take part."

Brosterhous said he is looking forward to playing at the Bookcliff golf course.

"This is the first time I've been selected to play as part of this team," Brosterhous said. "I feel like I've been playing very well this summer, and I'm looking forward to seeing how I will match up in this event."

The 10 professionals will compete against the top-10 amateurs on the Colorado Golf Association's ranking list in the match play, Ryder Cup-style tournament. The event takes place once a year in western Colorado.

Brosterhous said last year's tournament went to the amateurs - something he is hoping to fix at this season's tourney.

"There's some pressure to get it back," Brosterhous said about the title. "The professionals have always won it, and there is no question we want to get it back."

Franks said the event normally is held in Grand Junction because the season's weather is better in that part of the state.

"You never know what the weather is going to be like on the mountain courses that late in the fall," Franks said. "The courses around Grand Junction are normally more reliable."

The professional team includes six men, three seniors and a host pro.

The tournament is scheduled to take place Oct. 10 to 11. The first day will include 27 holes of play, and the final day will include an 18-hole championship round.

"I set the goal of making this team earlier this summer," Brosterhous said. "I played a lot of tournaments this summer, and made a lot of sacrifices. I'm happy that it's paying off this fall."

Brosterhous joined the Haymaker staff this summer and oversees several development programs as director of junior golf.

Brosterhous always is looking for ways to promote the game of golf here and around the world. He has led several golfing expeditions to Bhutan, where he taught the game to aspiring golfers in that country's mountain communities.

-To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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