Aspen’s Hazen finishes 6th at state golf meet
The Aspen Times
Aspen High School’s Will Hazen shot the lowest round Tuesday on the second day of the Class 3A State Golf Championships in Sterling.
Hazen’s 1-under 71 led all golfers on the final day of the two-round state championships. His score pushed him up to a tie for sixth place overall at the state meet.
He had struggled with a 79 on Monday, plagued by a triple bogey on No. 18. But he still finished 79-71—150, tied with Oliver Jack of Kent Denver and Sam Taylor of Peak to Peak in the No. 6 position.
Trey Robinson of Aspen shot 77-78—155 and finished in a tie for 13th at the 3A state championships.
Burke Daily of the Skiers shot a pair of matching 86s at Sterling for a 172.
Aspen’s Davis Henschel shot 93-88—181.
Roger Gauthier led Basalt. He shot 77-80—157 and finished tied for 17th.
Linc Kleager of the Longhorns shot 78-88—166, good for a tie for 41st.
Host Sterling won the team title. Kent Denver was second.
Yale Kim of Alexander Dawson won the 3A medalist honors in a three-way playoff with Cooper Gould of Vail Christian and Trey Lambrecht of Sterling.
All three finished regulation at 2 over par.
Kim made four consecutive pars in a sudden-death playoff to claim the 3A title.
“Will really bounced back; he was the low medalist on Tuesday,” Aspen head coach Mary Woulfe said. “He is such a solid player.”
Trouble on No. 18 derailed Hazen, Woulfe said. He had the triple on Monday and another bogey on Tuesday.
“Will would have been right there if not for those four strokes on No. 18,” Woulfe said.
“My main goal (Tuesday) was to stay positive and have fun,” Hazen said in a phone interview from Sterling. “It was a little tougher after Monday.”
Hazen said he made some adjustments and charged into Tuesday’s round, finishing with one of his best of the year.
It started with a birdie on No. 2 after he hit to within a foot of the cup.
He also gained ground on No. 15.
“I had just bogeyed the hole before. But I made a 20-footer there for birdie,” Hazen said, adding that the Skiers played well overall at the state championships, finishing sixth as a team.
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Peter Arnold’s playing career ended after high school, but his time on the ice continues a few decades later. A longtime USA Hockey official and new Aspen resident, Arnold is searching for the next generation of hockey referees among the youth ranks here in the Roaring Fork Valley.