Briefs: Aspen High boys golf wins season-opening tournament in Delta
Aspen boys golf rolls to win in season-opening tournament
The Aspen High School boys golf team entered the season with high expectations, and in its first tournament of the fall didn’t disappoint. Friday at Devil’s Thumb Golf Course in Delta, the Skiers torched the field for the team win and had four of the five players that shot under par.
AHS finished the day with a score of 203, giving it a 15 stroke victory over runner-up Montrose and a 27 stroke advantage over third place Basalt. Aspen senior Dominic Lanese was the low medalist, shooting a career low 7-under 65 to win by a stroke over Jordan Jennings of Montrose. Lanese even had an eagle putt on his final hole, but settled for the tournament-clinching birdie.
Tying for third was the AHS duo of senior Colter Zwieg and junior Jack Pevny, each finishing with 69. Finishing fifth was Aspen senior Dawson Holmes, who had the only other subpar round, shooting a 1-under 71.
Freshman Nic Pevny rounded out the scoring for the Skiers, shooting 81 in his first high school tournament. AHS senior Jack Hughes did not compete as he’s been out of town this week.
Playing in their first tournament under new coach Joseph Fries, Basalt had a strong day with three players shooting in the 70s. Junior Blake Exelbert led the team with his 75, while senior Holden Kleager was only a shot back with 76. Sophomore Tyler Sims had 79, freshman Kyle Murray 89 and junior Jacob Fowler 99.
Aspen next plays Monday at Adobe Creek in Fruita, while Basalt is off. Both teams then play Tuesday at Redlands Mesa in Grand Junction.
Aspen Backcountry Marathon returns Saturday
Put on by the city of Aspen, the popular Aspen Backcountry Marathon returns Saturday with a finish at Rio Grande Park. The full 26.2-mile race begins at 6:30 a.m. on the pedestrian mall at the clock tower in the downtown core. Runners then go down the Rio Grande Trail and up Sunnyside Trail and traverse much of Red Mountain before coming down Smuggler. There is an eight-hour limit to finish.
There also is a half marathon option, which begins at 7:30 a.m. near Rio Grande Park. This has a six-hour limit.
There are $8,000 in prizes awaiting the athletes. The full marathon winners, male and female, will each receive $600, with $400 going to second and $200 to third.
The husband and wife duo of David and Megan Roche won last year’s marathons. David finished in 3 hours, 23 minutes, 24.3 seconds, while Megan finished in 3:51:52. Jeff Valliere won the 2017 half marathon in 2:07:23.5, while Penelope Freedman led the women in 2:13:41.3.
Brandon Turner hits ace on Carbondale golf course
The Ranch at Roaring Fork Golf Course near Carbondale reported a hole-in-one on Wednesday. Brandon Turner hit the ace on hole No. 6 from 171 yards out with a 6-iron, witnessed by Jim Turner.
ASPEN TENNIS CLUB HOSTS ELKS LODGE JUNIOR TOURNEY
The Aspen Tennis Club hosted its annual Aspen Elks Lodge Junior Tennis Tournament Aug. 3 to 5.
Boys singles division finals included Juan Cruz Collardin over Christian Kelley (18U), Patrick Olson over Garrett Cozen (14U), Ethan Bloom over Jacob Roggie (12U), and Elijah Kelley over Daniel Koppel (10U).
In the boys 16-and-under doubles final, Juan Cruz Collardin and Dyer Hunting defeated Christian Kelley and Liam Sunkel, 6-7, 7-5, 15-13.
In the girls singles competitions, Zoe Crimmel went 2-for-2. She beat Macy Hopkinson in the 16U final, and beat Catherine Dawsey in the 14U final.
In the girls 16U doubles final, Hopkinson and Stef Wojcik beat Zoe and Ana Crimmel, 6-3, 6-2.
The Snowmass Club hosted its 14-and-under tournament on July 14 and its 16-and-under tournament on July 21. Liam Sunkel won the boys 16U tournament, while Molly Schlesinger beat Zoe Sinclair to win the girls 14U tournament.
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