Boys high school golf tees off |

Boys high school golf tees off

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

High school golf is back in full swing.

That’s boys high school golf. Girls prep golf is a spring sport in Colorado.

The Aspen and Basalt boys golf teams helped launch the fall’s first sport as the prep golfers started tournament play this week even before school starts.

This week, the Skiers will take on four tournaments over four consecutive days.

They started in Grand Junction with a round at Bookcliff Country Club and another round at Redlands Mesa.

Today, the high school golfers will play at Gypsum Creek. On Thursday, the prep golfers will play Eagle-Vail.

In the Tiger Invitational at Bookcliff County Club, hosted by Grand Junction High School, the Aspen boys golf team finished seventh among the 14 teams. The Skiers were tops among the Class 3A teams.

Host Grand Junction won with a composite 211 score. Steamboat Springs was second at 219.

Montrose shot 228 for third place.

Montezuma-Cortez and Durango tied for fourth at 231.

Fruita Monument was next at 236 with Aspen in seventh with a 245.

Cedaredge, Palisade, Grand Valley and Basalt followed in order.

Will Hazen, coming off a summer filled with tournament golf, led the Skiers with a 77 at Bookcliff.

Teammate Trey Robinson shot an 81.

Sydney Slossberg shot 93 with Davis Henschel shooting 87.

Burke Daily rounded out the AHS golfers with an 89.

Basalt was paced by Roger Gauthier with an 82. Linc Kleager shot 93 for the Longhorns.

Drew Broadhurst added 97. Jesse Ogren shot 105.

Trevor Olkowski of Grand Junction High School won medalist honors with a 69 at Bookcliff.

Four golfers tied for second with 71s.

They were Greg Gibson and Donny Kinnaman of Grand Junction, Hayden Plewe of Montezuma-Cortez and Britt Walton of Steamboat Springs.

A week earlier, Aspen’s Hazen shot a 79 at the Grand Valley Invitational at Battlement Mesa in difficult, windy conditions. Robinson added an 83.

“The conditions were brutal out there,” Hazen said of the challenging weather at Battlement Mesa.

He said the players were tested with the wind.

“But we are all pretty excited to start the season,” said Hazen, who won the Daily Sentinel Junior Golf Tournament in Grand Junction earlier this summer.