Aspen High golfers win Battle Mtn. Invitational
The Aspen Times
That’s another one.
The Aspen High School boys golf team, powered by individual medalist Jack Hughes, won the annual Eagle Valley Invitational on Thursday at Gypsum Creek.
The tournament win was the second of the season for the Skiers.
Hughes, a freshman, shot 77 to take top individual honors.
Senior teammate Will Hazen was one shot back at 78.
Burke Daily carded an 80 for the third Aspen score.
Basalt finished second with a team total of 253.
“The guys were keeping it in play and were determined not to make big numbers,” said Aspen High assistant golf coach Max Twarjan.
Several golfers, he said, were playing the course for the first time but managed to stay in the fairways.
“And it was cold this morning when we started,” Twarjan said.
He said the Skiers took advantage of the shorter 6,100-yard layout for Thursday’s prep tournament.
“Lots of birdies,” said Hughes, after his first high school tournament victory. “I was draining putts.”
The AHS freshman said the course was tight, requiring good tee shots.
“It paid to be straight today,” said Hughes, the son of Lori and Gary Hughes.
He said he finished his round with birdies at No. 16 and No. 18.
At 16, he hit a wedge to within 2 feet for a birdie.
“On 18, I hit a wedge into 15 feet, and I make that,” Hughes said.
Aspen High School head coach Mary Woulfe said she was very pleased with the play of the Skiers on Thursday.
“We have a lot of competition for the top spots,” Woulfe said. The AHS golfers also won the Cedaredge Invitational last week.
The prep golfers will play again Friday at the Battle Mountain Invitational at Eagle-Vail.
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.”