Aspen golfer Dolores Sharaf qualifies for state |

Aspen golfer Dolores Sharaf qualifies for state

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
Julia Fahy of the Skiers tees off at the Rifle Creek Golf Club.
Courtesy photo |

Aspen High School senior Dolores Sharaf will represent the Skiers at the Class 4A Girls State Golf Championships next week in Pueblo.

Sharaf placed among the leaders last weekend at the Regional Golf Championships at Yampa Valley Golf Club in Craig.

“The highlight of the day came from Dolores, who scored in the top-6 finishers to qualify for state,” Aspen head coach Don Buchholz said. “Dolores had a tough stretch of holes on the front nine making it seem almost impossible to qualify. But, she hung tough and shot a 37 on the back nine. “

The situation was compounded by terrible weather, including temperatures in the 40s with 20-30 mph winds and rain.

“I couldn’t be more proud of her fortitude playing in these lousy conditions and making it to state,” Buchholz said. She finished with an 89.

The top teams from the tournament as well as the top 10 individuals earned the invitation to state, set for May 23-24 at the Pueblo Country Club.

Last year, the 4A girls state golf tournament was played at River Valley Ranch in Carbondale.

Elly Walters of Rifle won the regional title with a 73. Kiselya Plewe of Dolores was second, one stroke back at 74.

The Aspen team at regionals was made up of two freshman, Elsa Cassidy and Mae Sharaf, and two seniors, Nikki Blizzard and Dolores Sharaf, Buchholz said.

Blizzard will attend the University of Colorado in Boulder next year.

Sharaf is headed to Georgia.

Earlier last week, the Aspen girls played at Ironbridge near Glenwood Springs and at Rifle Creek., where the Skiers placd third. The team included Julia Fahy, Nikki Blizzard, Elsa Cassidy, Zoe Guthrie and Mae Sharaf. Host Rifle, the regional champ, also won its invitational tournament.

“The front nine at Rifle plays extremely tough due to the course layout through mountainous canyons, especially for our younger team,” Buchholz said. “They navigated the course well.”

Girls Regional Golf Championships

Yampa Valley Golf Club


Elly Walters/Rifle — 73

Kiselya Plewe/Dolores — 74

Taylor Sandoval/Eagle Valley — 77

Alyson Shuman/Palisade — 82

Lauren Murphy/Glenwood Springs — 84

Masi Smith/Rifle — 85

Cheyanne Williams/Coal Ridge — 88

Dolores Sharaf/Aspen — 89

Alex Hanley/Montrose — 91

Nicole Matthews/Eagle Valley — 92

Faith Mewmaw/Durango — 93

Nicole Cherry/Montrose — 93

Abigail Smith/Dolores — 93

Caitlin Morgan/Rifle — 94

Taylor Kettel/Montrose — 94

Kendal Sego/Battle Mountain — 95

Allyson Ludewig/Eagle Valley — 96

Callie Jones/Glenwood Springs — 98

Lisa Kelley/Glenwood Springs — 98

Keyana Matteson/Dolores — 99

LauraAnne Hanks/Gunnison — 100

Hannah Carver/Palisade — 102

Elsa Cassity/Aspen — 102

Tané Otis/Moffat County — 102

Audrey Jones/Glenwood Springs — 103

Maddie Vickers/Gunnison — 104

Emily Neuroth/Rifle — 106

Mae Sharaf/Aspen — 106

Lauren Biery/Durango — 107

Kierra Hall/Palisade — 107

Hayley Reed/Montrose — 107

Bailyn Salsbury/Gunnison — 109

Taylor Edwards/Durango — 110

Nikki Blizzard/Aspen — 111

Brittany Rhodes/Coal Ridge — 111

Elizabeth Felix/Gunnison — 112

Sam Ingalls/Palisade — 112

Katrina Chandler/Durango — 115

Macy Elmer/Coal Ridge — 115

Hannah Keller/Battle Mountain — 118

Jaci McDiffett/Moffat County — 119

Julia Christensen/Moffat County — 122

Brooke Krause/Moffat County — 122

Amanda Perlman/Steamboat Springs — 122

Kyra Allen/Dolores — 123

Addyson Harper/Grand Valley — 124

Jenna Miller/Steamboat Springs — 124

Kayla Holbrook/Grand Valley — 126

Lacey Bearisto/Battle Mountain — 129

Sarah Heineke/Steamboat Springs — 138

Kellyn Stanhope/Steamboat Springs — 138

Jaelyn Price/Coal Ridge — 142

Morgan Mueller/Battle Mountain — 160


Rifle — 252

Eagle Valley — 265

Dolores — 266

Montrose — 278

Glenwood Springs — 280

Palisade — 291

Aspen — 297

Durango — 310

Gunnison — 313

Coal Ridge — 314

Battle Mountain — 342

Moffat County — 346

Steamboat Springs — 384

Grand Valley — No score

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