Aspen High boys golf, led by senior Dominic Lanese, wins again Tuesday
For a group not used to so many scores in the high 70s, there may have been a few lowered heads after winning Tuesday’s tournament at The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa in Grand Junction. That’s just how good the Aspen High School boys golf team has been in three tournaments this season.
“We really played great. The guys didn’t think they played that great because they were shooting 76, 77, but it’s a tough course,” AHS assistant coach Don Buchholz said. “It’s kind of like an endurance test because there is so much elevation change.”
The disappointment was a little unfounded as the Skiers rolled to their second tournament win of the season, shooting a collective 216 to win by 22 strokes over runner-up and host Fruita Monument, the same Class 5A school that edged Aspen by two strokes on Monday at Adobe Creek National Golf Course. Taking third was Basalt, which shot 246.
For the third time in three tournaments this season, the low medalist went to Aspen senior Dominic Lanese. He shot 3-under 69 on Tuesday to stay unbeaten, edging senior teammate Jack Hughes by a shot. Finishing third was Grand Junction’s Carson Kerr, the only other player to shoot under par, with a 71.
Freshman Nic Pevny was third among Skiers, shooting 76, while senior Dawson Holmes shot 77 and senior Colter Zwieg 78. Junior Jack Pevny withdrew from the tournament with an injury.
Playing for only the second time this season, Basalt held steady with its third-place finish. Junior Blake Exelbert shot 81 for the low round among Longhorns, with sophomore Tyler Sims shooting 82 and senior Holden Kleager 83. Rounding out the scoring was senior Tyler Dollahan’s 87 and freshman Kyle Murray’s 93.
“I’m impressed with our top three, just being consistently right there. They are neck and neck,” first year BHS coach Joseph Fries said. “There is a lot of elevation change, and it’s tough to gauge if you’ve never played it before. Just not knowing some of those yardages cost us a few shots. But all in all we played pretty well.”
Both Aspen and Basalt will play Wednesday at Gypsum Creek Golf Club before having a day off on Thursday. Friday, the Skiers host their home tournament at Aspen Golf Club, with Basalt scheduled to play.
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