Boys golf: Aspen Skiers win on home course
The Aspen Times
Two of the region’s top high school golfers battled stroke-for-stroke Wednesday at the Aspen Invitational at the Aspen Golf Club.
Aspen High School’s Will Hazen and Fruita Monument’s Troy Dangler, who have played golf together since they were in elementary school, played together in the final foursome Wednesday.
And the prep golfing duel wasn’t decided until the last hole.
Dangler, off to a torrid start to the prep golf season, finally took the lead over Hazen on the 18th hole after they had traded shots over the first 17 holes.
The Fruita Monument golfer finished at 1-over 72, two shots up on runner-up Hazen, who carded a 74 on the par-71, 5,900-yard layout at the Aspen Golf Club.
Holden Kleager of Basalt finished third with a 76. Brother Linc Kleager was at 77 along with Jacob Smith of Rifle.
Hazen led the Aspen Skiers to the 2A-3A team title at the Aspen tournament with a composite score of 236, one better than Basalt (237).
Dangler led Fruita Monument to the 4A-5A team title (242).
“Troy is a great player. We were just battling the whole day,” Hazen said. “We made a lot of the same scores on several holes.”
He said the two traded the lead by a stroke or two.
But neither player could break away.
“I’ve played with Troy since I was very young,” Hazen said, “We’ve played together a lot. We enjoy it. We feed off each other’s positive energy.”
Dangler, likewise, said he enjoyed the round with Hazen on Wednesday.
“The tables turned at 16,” Dangler said of a key hole after he had struggled at 13, 14 and 15.
“I hit a really good drive on 13, the par 5,” Dangler said of his 360-yard blast. But he failed to take advantage, he said.
“Then on 14, I airmailed the green … bogey. And I bogeyed 15, another par 5,” Dangler said. “That was frustrating.”
But Dangler knocked in a key putt on No. 16 to pull even with Hazen.
“We both parred 17, and we both hit in the bunker at 18,” Dangler said.
His up-and-down turned the final score his way with a 72.
“It was another good ball-striking day,” Dangler said. “But I really struggled with the putter.”
The final scramble proved the difference, he said.
Burke Daily added a 79 for Aspen. Teammate Davis Henschel shot an 83 for the Aspen varsity team. Sydney Slossberg and Hayes Kennedy shot 87 and 90, respectively, for Aspen.
For Basalt, Drew Broadhurst shot 84, Tanner Korn shot 88, and C. Hollenbeck shot 93.
Nick Lavbscher of Fruita Monument added a 78 for the Wildcats. Blake Anderson shot 92.
Aspen High School dominated in the junior varsity tournament Wednesday. The top JV club won with a 236 score, matching the varsity score.
Dawson Holmes shot 77, Dom Lanese shot 79, and Jack Hughes shot 80 to lead the Aspen JV No. 1 squad. Colter Zwieg added an 82, and Carter Hall shot 83.
Spence Shaw led the No. 1 JV squad for Aspen with an 87. Nick Slossberg shot 90, Miles McConnell shot 91, and Edwin Ecclestone shot 97.
For the third Aspen JV team, Henry Ferguson led the way with an 84. Lyon Hamill shot 88.
Jackson Ferraro shot 93; Ty Yocum added a 96.
The Aspen High School boys golf team will play at the Steamboat Springs Invitational at Haymaker today. Haymaker will be the site of the 2A-3A Regional Championships later this season.
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