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Aspen’s Walla off to torrid start on links

Aspen Times Staff Report

The local links have only just opened, but Aspen High sophomore Kristin Walla is already off to a torrid start in the high school girls golf spring season.

Walla, the defending 4A Western Regional Ladies Golf Tournament champion, won Monday’s Glenwood Springs High School Invitational at River Valley Ranch in Carbondale with a score of 82.

The win followed another first and two seconds in five previous tournaments. Then yesterday, Walla scored her third second of the year with a round of 78 at the Montrose Golf Club.

“She’s hot right now,” said Aspen coach Laura Riegel Curry. “But we’re only at the beginning.”

It’s also the very beginning of the Aspen High girls golf team – literally. In previous years, the team has competed under a combined Aspen/Basalt/Roaring Fork team.

Curry said there was enough interest this year for Aspen to launch its own team.

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This year’s team includes Walla, Liz Floyd, Liz Woods, Kristin Zeller, Alex Fortier, Courtney Smith and Amy Schwartz.

“The girls have loads of talent and enthusiasm,” said Curry, who works at the River Valley Ranch junior program. “We look forward to many years of great golf.

“We have tournaments throughout the Western Slope until mid May, followed

by regionals at Cotton Ranch in Eagle and the state tournament May 19-20 in Arvada.”