Aspen prep golfers honing skills at home
The Aspen Times
High school golfers challenged breezy conditions and tough pin placements at the annual Aspen Invitational at the Aspen Golf Club this week.
Playing while the professional cyclists in the USA Pro Challenged circled past the golf course three times, the prep players watched as Class 5A Fruita Monument ruled the tournament with a composite 241.
Delta/Cedaredge, a combined team from the two high schools, finished second with 248.
Aspen, with multiple teams in the tournament, finished third.
“It was an amazing day,” Aspen boys golf coach Mary Woulfe said. She split the Skiers into even squads for the home event instead of fielding an A team and a B team.
“I did so to give the sophomores, the younger players, a chance to play and know that their score counts,” Woulfe said. She matched older players with younger for the one-day tourney.
Will Hazen, leading one of the Aspen teams, tied for top individual honors with a 77. He matched the score of Troy Dangler of Delta/Cedaredge.
“Those 77s were low. But Will and Troy both were disappointed in their rounds,” Woulfe said, adding that the windy conditions tested the young players.
In a playoff at No. 18, Dangler rallied with a birdie after a monster tee shot by Hazen. Dangler’s bird secured medalist honors.
“Will is playing with a level of maturity without compare,” Woulfe said. “and Trey Robinson … I was extremely proud of him for posting a score.”
She said Robinson was not feeling well, but worked his way around the course as the captain of the second Aspen team.
He battled his way to a 91, she said.
Woulfe said the younger Aspen players stepped up with solid rounds, led by an 84 from freshman Henry Ferguson.
Sydney Slossberg carded an 86 for the the Skiers.
Burke Daily added an 88.
“We’ve got some real strength (with the younger golfers),” Woulfe said. “It is a remarkable group.”
The Skiers have 10 freshmen out for the team this year.
The Skiers will continue the early golf schedule with the Rifle Invitational today at Rifle Creek.
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Cory Parker once roamed the halls of Aspen High School as a student, graduating in 2008 as one of the best basketball players in program history. For the past five seasons, since returning home, he’s helped rebuild AHS basketball as an assistant coach alongside Alex Schrempf.