AHS golfers host preview of state course
The Aspen Times
High school golfers took a preview tour of the state championship course at River Valley Ranch in Carbondale on Friday.
The Aspen Invitational at River Valley Ranch this year doubled up as the annual AHS girls invitational meet as well as the preview for the Girls Class 4A State Golf Championships, scheduled for May 18-19 at the course on the outskirts of Carbondale.
Friday’s chilly preview included a glimpse into the challenging spring weather conditions as the field of 61 golfers battled gusty winds and cold temperatures all day as clouds swirled around the Mount Hood-like summit of Mount Sopris.
The brutal conditions scarcely affected the winning form of Dolores standout Kiselya Plewe, who won individual medalist honors Friday with a 76 on the par-72 layout that crosses the Crystal River multiple times.
She’s unbeaten in prep tournament play this year, with wins from Durango to Grand Junction to Rifle.
Lauren Murphy of Glenwood Springs, who enjoys a bit of a home course-advantage with a family home at River Valley Ranch, finished second with an 87.
Shannon Wise of Palisade finished third with her round of 88 on Friday..Rifle’s Elly Walters was next with an 89.
Aspen’s Dolores Sharaf finished fifth in the windswept Aspen Invitational with a 90.
Montrose won the team title in scoring of the top three players.
Palisade was two shots back — 277-279.
Eagle Valley finished third at 288 with Dolores fourth (289) in the field of 14 teams.
Rifle was fifth with Fruita Monument and Glenwood Springs tied for sixth.
Aspen was seventh with a composite 305, one ahead of Grand Junction.
Also competing Friday at River Valley Ranch were Coal Ridge, Gunnison, Moffat County, Grand Valley and Battle Mountain high schools.
Julia Budsey shot a 107 for the Skiers, who picked up a 108 from Julia Fahy.
Christy Buchholz carded a 116 with Nikki Blizzard at 120 and Katy Miller at 125.
Friday’s Aspen Invitational also served as a regional qualifier, with players earning all-league points.
Aspen seniors Julia Budsey and Christy Buchholz also were honored on senior day for the AHS girls.
The Skiers are scheduled to play the Eagle Valley invitational at Gypsum Creek on Tuesday.
Then, they will head to the regional championships at the Cobble Creek course in Montrose on May 4-5.
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