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Aspen High girls golf swings into new season

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

Fore!

Golf season is here.

The Aspen High School girls golf team played its first tournament of the season this week. The Skiers traveled to Lincoln Park in Grand Junction for the annual Palisade Invitational.

“This was the first time out for the girls because of the weather,” Aspen head coach Alden Richard said. “So, we’re off to a slow start. But the girls did really well.”

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Richards said the golfers played a scramble-format tournament at the Palisade Invitational.

The Skiers combined for a 76, good for seventh place out of the 15 teams entered.

The Aspen team for the opening tournament featured Audrey Sichel (senior), Zara Iacono (junior), Nikki Blizzard (sophomore) and Julia Fahey (freshman).

Palisade No. 1 team won with a 68 on the par-72 layout at Lincoln Park.

Coal Ridge No. 1 finished second with a 71.

Grand Junction was third (72) with Fruita Monument No. 3 in fourth place (73).

The Fruita Monument No. 1 team finished fifth (74).

Eagle Valley was next, followed by Aspen, Central, Palisade No. 2, Battle Mountain and Grand Valley.

Playing conditions featured very cold morning temperatures and warm, sunny weather in the afternoon.

The Aspen girls golf team will play next week at Adobe Creek in Fruita. That’s the location of the 4A Regional Championships this year (May 5-6).

The Skiers will host the Aspen Invitational at River Valley Ranch in Carbondale on April 22.

The Skiers also will play tournaments at Battlement Mesa, Durango, Cortez, Montrose, Craig, Rifle and Gunnison.

The Aspen girls varsity golf team includes Christy Buchholz, Julia Budsey, Kathrine Doherty, Dolores Sharaf, Morgan Melann, Samantha Lanese, Fiona Lupi and Paxton Seward.

Fahey, Lanese, Luipi and Seward are freshmen.

dstrode@aspentimes.com


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