Aspen High golfers vie for positions
The Aspen Times
High school sports swing into a new season this week.
Boys golf is the first to tee off among the fall sports in Colorado.
For Aspen High School, tryouts for the top positions will be held Monday and Tuesday at the Aspen Golf Club under the direction of veteran coach Mary Woulfe.
“It is going to be highly competitive this year,” Woulfe said of the battle for the coveted varsity and junior varsity spots. “We have four freshmen who have scored in the 70s in rounds this summer.”
She said the incoming freshmen and the returning players will give the Skiers one of their deepest boys teams in years.
Returning senior Will Hazen is coming off a strong summer of tournament play. He’s back again this year along with two other state qualifiers from a year ago — Burke Daily and Davis Henschel.
“They all went to state last year,” Woulfe said.
Junior Edwin Ecclestone has been working hard on his game, the AHS coach said.
Sydney Slossberg and brother Nicholas Slossberg, a senior and sophomore respectively, will be vying for playing positions, according to Woulfe.
The corps of freshmen include Colter Zweig, Dominic Lanese IV, Dawson Holmes and Jack Hughes.
Hughes will not play in the AHS team qualifying this week because he’s at the Junior Golf State Championships this week. He’s the No. 10-ranked 13-and-under player from the summer series of junior tournaments in Colorado.
“I think it’s going to be a battle all year,” Woulfe said of the competitive AHS practice rounds.
The Skiers officially open the season on Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Cedaredge Invitational at Deer Creek Village.
Woulfe said she expects to take a team of younger players to the opening Cedaredge event.
The top varsity players will look to the Grand Junction Invitational at Bookcliff Country Club on Monday, Aug. 17.
The next day, they will play in the Fruita Monument Invitational at Redlands Mesa.
That’s just the start of a busy week for the golfers.
They also will play at the Eagle Valley Invitational at Gypsum Creek on Wednesday, Aug. 19.
Then, on Thursday, Aug. 20, the AHS boys golf team will play in the Battle Mountain Invitational at Eagle-Vail.
“We’re really looking forward to the season,” Woulfe said.
When asked if he is receiving any insider information on the terrain, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde — the boyfriend of Edwards’ own Mikaela Shiffrin — chuckled and replied, “You probably think so, but I actually I don’t.”