Boys golf: Aspen hosts tournament Wednesday
The Aspen Times
The Aspen High School boys golf team will take up the role of host on Wednesday.
The Skiers will host the annual Aspen Invitational at the Aspen Golf Club with the area’s top prep golfers.
A shotgun start is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday with nine teams scheduled to compete.
“About half of the teams will be JV teams,” said Mary Woulfe, Aspen head coach and tournament director. “The others will be varsity teams.”
She said Summit, Rifle and Fruita Monument will be the top Class 4A teams in the field for the one-day, 18-hole golf tournament.
Aspen, Basalt and Vail Mountain School are the top 3A entries based on play early this season.
Other teams like Battle Mountain, Coal Ridge, Lake County (Leadville) and Eagle Valley will send either JV or varsity squads.
Woulfe said she will field a team of upperclass golfers and a squad of JV/freshmen for the home meet.
“We’re going to play the course long,” Woulfe said, adding that the players will see a longer course at Haymaker at Steamboat Springs later in the week. She said the tournament officials opted to set up the course at 5,900 yards. That means the prep players will be moved back to tee off at No 4, No. 7 and No. 10.
The Skiers invited the public to come out and watch the prep players today at the Aspen Golf Club.
Next week, Woulfe said she will split the Aspen squad for tournaments in Montrose and Summit County.
The JV and freshman group, she said, will play in the two-day Montrose tourney at Bridges and Cobble Creek.
The seniors, she said, will play in the Summit Invitational at the Keystone Ranch course.
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