Aspen High golfers second at Cedaredge
The Aspen High School boys golf team experienced the full gamut of emotions — and weather — in its season-opening tournament Thursday at Cedaredge Golf Club.
Surprise and disappointment were near the top after falling two strokes shy of Delta High School for first place, but there was plenty of silver lining to be had.
“I wish we could have gotten first, but second place isn’t horrible,” said sophomore Dominic Lanese. “I guess we are not used to getting second.”
The lackluster emotions mostly stem from the team’s high expectations entering the season.
However, Thursday’s results were anything but sour, especially considering the five-man team is made of four sophomores and one freshman.
“Good wake-up call for the boys to remind them other teams can beat them if they don’t post (three) scores in the 70s,” Aspen coach Mary Woulfe wrote via text. “Big surprise from Delta, but we welcome the competition. It will help when we get to regionals to know we have to put it together.”
Lanese led the Skiers with 72 to finish in a three-way tie for first place. Warm weather held through much of the round before rain found its way onto the course toward the finish.
Tournament officials decided to keep the tie instead of hold tiebreakers with the weather deteriorating.
“I was pretty disappointed,” Lanese said about not getting to play a tiebreaker. “I didn’t really hit very many drivers. I was just kind of playing smart.”
Sophomore Jack Hughes was second on the team with 75, followed by a pair of 81s from both sophomore Dawson Holmes and freshman Jack Pevny. Sophomore Colter Zwieg rounded out the scoring with 83.
The Skiers are back in action today when they play a tournament at Devil’s Thumb Golf Course in Delta.
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Chase Kelly, playing at No. 3 singles, won his first three matches before falling to Niwot’s Luke Weber in the final. It was the lone loss of the season for the freshman.