Girls golf swinging into spring’s spotlight |

Girls golf swinging into spring’s spotlight

Nikki Blizzard of Aspen High School tees off on the challenging par-3 15th hole at the Rifle Creek Golf Course.
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Girls golf swings into the spotlight in the world of prep sports this week.

The Aspen High School golf team, coming off a tournament last week at Rifle Creek, will host the annual Aspen Invitational on Friday at the River Valley Ranch course in Carbondale.

Several Western Slope teams are entered with 60-plus high school golfers lining up for an 11 a.m. shotgun start in the Friday event.

The Skiers, coached by Don Buchholz, played in the Rifle Invitational at the unique Rifle Creek Golf Course recently, posting a a seventh-place team finish out of 12 schools competing.

Challenging wind conditions confronted the high school players on the sunny day.

“The girls had a tough time, especially on the undulating greens on the back side but played much better once they got on the flatter front side,” Buchholz said.

Aspen junior Dolores Sharaf shot an 87 on the hilly course to finish fourth overall.

Individual medalist Kiselya Plewe of Dolores shot a 77 to win the tournament.

Lauren Murphy from Glenwood Springs was second at 81.

Also representing Aspen were Nikki Blizzard, Julia Fahy and Katherine Doherty.

“We are getting ready to host our home event on Friday,” Buchholz said. “We’re hoping to see some local support. Come on out and watch.”

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