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Walla and Floyd lead Aspen High golf

Jennifer Davoren
Aspen Times Staff Writer

The Skier girls golf team seems to like the role of host.

Aspen High School’s first time playing host meant big wins for the team as sophomore Kristin Walla shot a 2-over 74 to take first place in the tournament, held Friday at the Aspen Golf Course.

Walla sealed the win with three birdies, coach Laura Curry said.

“That’s huge,” Curry said. “It’s her lowest round ever, not only just playing, but obviously in competition.”

The win also kicked off a Walla family tradition, she said. Kristin’s brother, Nate, took the top trophy last fall during the AHS boys invitational.

Glenwood Springs’ Jacy Reynolds took second with an 85.

Then, in what Curry called “the real exciting news” – AHS sophomore Liz Floyd won third place, shooting an 86.

The round marked only the second time Floyd has broken the 100 mark, Curry said.

“Obviously, I’m proud of them all, but these two girls really stepped up,” she said. “I’m excited as their coach – we have a real future here with a couple of years of talent [ahead].”

Walla and Floyd’s scores helped boost the four-girl Aspen team – with freshman Liz Woods and senior Kristin Zeller – to a first-place team win in the tournament.

“Nine schools came, but little did I know I would be awarding my girls the prize,” Curry said.

Montrose followed Aspen in second, and Grand Junction Central finished third.

The Skiers have a day of practice ahead as they prepare for Tuesday’s Class 4A regional tournament at the Cotton Ranch golf club in Gypsum. Winners will earn an invitation to the state tournament, scheduled for May 19 in Arvada.

Walla might feel the pressure heading into regionals, since she won the contest last year as a freshman. Curry, however, thinks Walla is handling the inevitable pretournament stress well.

“She’s got her head on,” Curry said.

[Jennifer Davoren’s e-mail address is jenniferd@aspentimes.com]


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