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AHS golf on podium again

Two days, two podium finishes.

With three players carding rounds in the 70s, the Aspen High boys golf team finished third Thursday behind Montrose and Rifle in the Aspen High School Invitational at the Aspen Golf Club.

Aspen finished second on Wednesday at a tournament at the Glenwood Springs Golf Course, then followed up their best team result of the season with their second-best finish to date.

AHS sophomore Teddy Karlinski shot a team-low 78, and sophomore Wylie Melberg and junior Colin Sledge notched 79s to give Aspen a combined score of 236. Aspen junior Jake Smith shot an 80.

For Sledge, whose previous best round of 80 came one day earlier, it was a good day.

“I’m going to work real hard to get down there all the time,” Sledge beamed after his round. “Earlier this year I was barely breaking 100, then I started taking lessons, really working at it, and here I am.”

Montrose, the team to beat on the Western Slope this season, won its fifth-consecutive tournament with a combined score of 228.

“They pretty much dominate this year,” said Aspen’s Smith. “They seem to have it all under control.”

Montrose coach Dave Woodruff was less emphatic, however.

“I don’t know if we’re a dominant team, but we’ve played well lately,” he said. “What we’ve got is seven guys who are interchangeable, who are all making each other’s games better.”

Rifle senior Jeb Savage won the individual title with an even par 72 to lift his team to second place in the team standings with a combined 232.

“I wasn’t hitting it too good off the tee,” Savage said, “but I had my short game game and putted real well.”

Savage shot a 36 on the back and front nine.

“It’s a tough course, I think,” he continued. “But if you hit the ball relatively straight, it’s pretty forgiving.”

Basalt High’s Robbie Parker shot a team best 81 for the Longhorns. Basalt’s Nick Johnson carded an 85, and teammate Sean Kulzer finished at 94. Basalt, which finished with a combined 260, placed eighth in the team calculation.

“Robbie had his best tournament score ever, and overall our team is drastically improved from last year,” said Basalt coach Doug Rohrbaugh. “We were shooting in the 290s to low 300s last year, and now we’re in the 260s to 270s, and that’s a good improvement.”

Aspen and Basalt break from tournament play this weekend, then travel to the Craig Golf Course for an event next Thursday.

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