Aspen High School golfers test state field |

Aspen High School golfers test state field

Staff report

Two Aspen Skiers teed off with the best golfers in the state earlier this week at the Class 4A Girls State Golf Championships at Broken Tee Golf Club in Englewood.

Aspen’s Dolores Sharaf and Julia Budsey qualified for the state championships at the regional tournament two weeks ago at River Valley Ranch in Carbondale.

“All in all, they played OK,” Aspen head coach Alden Richards said. “They qualified and got to state, and that’s half the battle. And they gave it their all.”

He said the Skiers, both underclassmen, battled blustery and windy conditions in Englewood, particularly on the second day of the tournament.

Sharaf shot 93-97—190 to finished 49th in the field of 85 golfers.

Budsey shot 99-99—198, good for 58th.

“The girls, of course, were disappointed with their scores. But I told them, ‘Hey, the sun will rise tomorrow. Next year, you’ll learn from this experience,” said Richards, who added that the golfers picked up tremendous experience playing in the state championship tournament.

Montrose’s Kala Keltz won the medalist honors in Class 4A when she came from two strokes behind on the second day to win, 76-70—146.

Her second-day 70 was the only sub-par round of the tournament on the par-72 layout in Englewood.

Jennifer Kupcho, of Jeffrson Academy, finished second with a 75-73—148.

Taylor Dorans, of Broomfield, finished third (75-76—151).

Cheyenne Mountain edged Valor Christian for the girls team title, 497-495. Montrose was third.

“For our girls, from this mountain town, to be competing at the state level, that’s impressive,” Richards said.

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