Aspen boys golf returns from long break by winning Moffat County invite
The Aspen High School boys golf team hadn’t played since winning its home tournament on Aug. 17, prior to taking a break for experiential education. However, it was impossible to tell Wednesday after the Skiers won the Moffat County Invitational at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig.
AHS senior Jack Hughes shot a 5-under-par 67 for low medalist honors, while junior teammate Jack Pevny was second with 69. A pair of Montrose golfers each shot 70 to tie for third.
“I really got the putter going and had my lowest putt total ever,” Hughes told the Craig Press. “The greens here are small and I put myself in position from the fairway and had a lot of short shots, so I just took advantage, made a few and got it done.”
Class 3A Aspen shot a collective 6-under 210 for the team title, with Class 4A Montrose taking second, three shots back. Class 5A Fruita Monument was well back in third at 11-over. Grand Junction was fourth, while Basalt tied for fifth alongside Gunnison at 26-over.
“My ball-striking was really good,” Pevny said of his round. “I hit just about every green and was putting it pretty close on the others. I think our top four, whoever they are, should go into regionals and state thinking that we can win as a team.”
The Skiers, working as a varsity team of six, are still trying to figure out which foursome will get to compete in the fast-approaching regional tournament, held Sept. 17 in Gunnison. Senior Colter Zwieg was third among Skiers on Wednesday, shooting 74 to take seventh. AHS freshman Nic Pevny and senior Dominic Lanese each shot 75 to tie for eighth, while senior Dawson Holmes tied for 22nd with 80.
“They came to play,” AHS assistant coach Don Buchholz said. “There was a little rust, but a couple of them scored really well. They’ve medaled or taken lowest score in all six tournaments that we’ve played in.”
Sophomore Tyler Sims led Basalt, shooting 6-over 78 to tie for 16th. Senior Tyler Dollahan shot 9-over to tie for 25th.
Both Aspen and Basalt are scheduled to compete again Thursday, this time at Haymaker in Steamboat Springs.
— Andy Bockelman of the Craig Press contributed to this report.
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