Basalt High School golfers start fast at Bookcliff
The Aspen Times
High school golf season is off to a hot start — in more ways than one.
Playing in the warmth of Grand Junction, the high school boys teed off at Bookcliff Country Club on Monday in the Grand Junction Invitational — the first big varsity tournament of the fall season.
The Basalt Longhorns matched the heat with a team score of 230, good for third place in the mix of 5A, 4A and 3A Western Slope high schools.
Host Grand Junction won with a 224 composite, edging second-place Steamboat Springs at 225.
The Basalt boys finished at 230, one ahead of Fruita Monument and individual medalist Troy Dangler, who shot a sizzling 7-under 64.
Trevor Oikowski of Grand Junction was second at 68.
“The boys played great today. It was really good to see,” said new Basalt golf coach Kenny Doerrer. “They stayed away from trouble, away from big numbers.”
Vail Mountain School and Montrose tied for fifth with Aspen seventh at 243.
Durango was next at 244, followed by Eagle Valley, Summit, Battle Mountain, Palisade, Cedaredge, Gunnison, Telluride and Grand Valley.
Holden Kleager and Linc Kleager led Basalt with rounds of 73 and 75, respectively.
Teammate Drew Broadhurst carded an 82 at Bookcliff with Tanner Korn at 88. Cole Hollenback shot 98 for the Longhorns.
“Bookcliff is not overly difficult as a golf course, but it has some very difficult greens,” Doerrer said. “You could get in trouble on the greens.
Aspen was led by Burke Daily with a 79 on Monday.
Davis Henschel added an 81 for the Skiers with Will Hazen at 83 and Jack Hughes at 84.
Sydney Slossberg posted a 92.
The Skiers had opened the season last week with a team victory at the Cedaredge Invitational with scoring from three freshmen.
“We had a tough day,” Aspen coach Mary Woulfe said, adding that Hazen was victimized by an unfortunate ruling on a bunker shot, costing him a round in the 70s.
“We just didn’t have a good day, and others did,” Woulfe said, congratulating Basalt and Vail Mountain for their showings among the smaller schools.
The prep golfers will be back on course in the Grand Valley on Tuesday at the Fruita Monument Invitational at Redlands Mesa.
“We’re off to a good start,” said Basalt’s Doerrer. “There will be a much bigger challenge at Redlands Mesa. That golf course can be tricky.”
On Wednesday, the preps will play the Eagle Valley Invitational at Gypsum Creek.
And Thursday will wrap the busy week with the Battle Mountain Invitational at Eagle-Vail.
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