AHS girls wrap up golf season
The Aspen Times
The Aspen High School girls golf team wrapped up the season last weekend at the Western Slope Regional Championships at Cobble Creek in Montrose.
Playing under dark skies and in rainy conditions, the Skiers finished seventh out of 13 teams.
Aspen junior Dolores Sharaf led the Skiers with a 92 at Cobble Creek.
She then participated in a sudden-death playoff to earn her spot as the first alternate for the upcoming Class 4A State Golf Championships, scheduled for May 18-19 at River Valley Ranch in Carbondale.
If any of the state qualifiers from the region are unable to play at state, Sharaf will join the field.
At the regionals, the Skiers combined to shoot 297. The team included senior Christy Buchholz, junior Nikki Blizzard, sophomore Julia Fahy and Sharaf.
Montrose won the team title on its home course with a 255.
The individual medalist at the regional tournament was unbeaten Kiselya Plewe of Dolores High School. She won the Aspen Invitational earlier this year on the state championship course at River Valley Ranch. Plewe shot a 73 to win the regional title at Montrose.
Buchholz added a 100 for Aspen. Blizzard shot 105. Fahy shot 109.
Buchholz, playing in her last prep golf tournament, was named to the Western Slope All-League First Team for her play this season.
Sharaf also was named to the all-league first team.
“The girls battled a rain-soaked golf course in a very important tournament,” Aspen head coach Don Buchholz said. “Although their scores were not indicative of their skill level, I am very proud of their performance and most importantly the way they handled themselves on the course and their great attitudes.”
Montrose’s winning 155 included a 75 from Bethany Wells, who was second to Plewe.
Alyson Shuman of Palisade finished third overall with a 78.
Lauren Murphy of Glenwood Springs finished fourth with a 79.
In addition to the Montrose team, the top eight individuals earned a trip to state.
They included Plewe, Wells, Shuman, Murphy, Elly Walters of Rifle, Taylor Sandoval of Eagle Valley, Reiley Waldo of Durango, Melissa Steinbach of Coal Ridge and Allison Ludewig of Eagle Valley.
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