Aspen golfers bounce back at Redlands Mesa
The Aspen Times
The Aspen High School golfers bounced back Tuesday at Redlands Mesa in Grand Junction.
Playing in the Fruita Monument Invitational, the Skiers combined to shoot 241 — good for first place among the Class 3A schools competing.
“We played much better today,” Aspen head coach Mary Woulfe said. “Will (Hazen) had a much, much better day.”
Grand Junction won the team title with a blazing 226 at the course at the base of the Colorado National Monument.
Hazen shot a 75 to lead the Skiers on Tuesday.
Burke Daily dropped six birdies in his round but ended with an 81 for the Skiers.
Sydney Slossberg was Aspen’s No. 3 scorer on the day with his 85.
Steamboat Springs shot 238 to finish third at the Fruita Monument Invitational. Montrose tacked on a 243 behind Aspen’s 241.
The Basalt Longhorns, coming off a third-place finish in Monday’s Grand Junction Invitational at Bookcliff Country Club, came in at 261.
“We struggled a bit today,” Basalt coach Kevin Doerrer said. “We ran into some of those big numbers that we avoided Monday.”
Holden Kleager led the Longhorns with an 80.
Tanner Corn posted an 88. Andrew Broadhurst shot 93, and Linc Kleager added a 95.
“It was a tough golf course today,” Doerrer said. “But they’re not too discouraged.”
He said the Longhorns will be ready for an off-day before playing at the Eagle Valley Invitational at Gypsum Creek on Thursday.
They will head to the Battle Mountain Invitational at Eagle-Vail on Friday.
Medalist on Tuesday at Redlands Mesa was Trevor Olkowski of Grand Junction with a 67.
He won by one stroke over Troy Dangler of Fruita Monument, the medalist Monday at Bookcliff.
Next week, the prep golfers will head to a pair of different tournaments. There is the Rifle Invitational on Aug. 27, the same day as the Montrose Invitational at Cobble Creek.
Aspen will host its annual Aspen Invitational on Sept. 1.
The preps will play at Steamboat Springs on Sept. 3 before a two-day event at Montrose on Sept. 8-9 with rounds at Black Canyon and The Bridges.
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