Aspen girls golf preps for regionals |

Aspen girls golf preps for regionals

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

The Aspen High School girls golf team warmed up for the upcoming Class 4A Regional Championships at the annual Rifle Invitational earlier this week.

The tournament was played at Rifle Creek Golf Course.

Montrose won the team title at the Rifle Invitational with a combined 261.

Host Rifle, led by individual medalist Taylor Walters, finished second at 264. Palisade was third with a 294.

Walters shot a 76 to win the tournament.

Kala Keltz, of Montrose, was second with a 79.

Alyx Carter, of Rifle, shot an 85 for third place.

Aspen’s two golfers each shot 91 at the Rifle tournament.

Dolores Sharaf and Zara Iacono, of Aspen, finished tied for seventh at the Rifle tourney that included 12 teams.

“If we can play like that (at regionals), we have a chance to qualify for state,” Aspen head coach Alden Richards said.

He said the Skiers are excited about play in the Regional Championships on their home course at River Valley Ranch in Carbondale.

Sharaf and Iacono will be joined by Christy Buchholz and Julia Budsey when the Aspen girls tee off Tuesday in the regionals at River Valley Ranch.

A practice round is set for Monday with the state-qualifying tournament Tuesday, starting with tee times in the morning.

In prep girls golf, Colorado has only two divisions: 4A and 5A.

Richards said the Skiers can qualify as individuals or as a team for the Class 4A State Golf Championships. Even if the Skiers don’t win the regional team title, Richards said all four Aspen players could qualify as individuals.

With those numbers, he said, the Skiers would compete as a team at state.

“The four are the best on the team,” Richards said. “And I think they all have a lot more potential.”

The Skiers will be playing against other area Class 4A and 3A schools including Rifle, Montrose, Glenwood Springs, Palisade, Delta, etc.

The public is invited to watch the top high school golfers in the regional taking on the River Valley Ranch Course in Carbonale.