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Aspen, Walla take honors at Demon Invite

Phil Sandoval

Maybe it’s the game, but there’s a peculiarity about golf that makes the sport different.

No matter how well a golfer plays, they always feel that they can play better.

That’s how Glenwood Springs High School golf coach Norm Bolitho summed up the team’s fourth-place finish at Wednesday’s Demon Invitational.

Collectively, Glenwood carded a combined 242.

Not bad. But Bolitho said the team can do better.

“The kids wanted to hit in the 70s today,” the coach said. “But, we might have pressed a little bit.”

Aspen wrapped up the team championship with a combined 231, nine shots ahead of second-place Roaring Fork and Battle Mountain, which tied at 240. Glenwood followed at 242.

Playing at his home course – the Glenwood Springs Golf Club – Sean Flohr’s 80 was the best round of the day among three participating Demon teams.

The mark tied the Glenwood sophomore for 7th place overall with Chris Brown of Montrose.

Nate Walla of Aspen High School won the individual title. It was the senior’s second tournament victory in as many days after winning the Aspen Invitational on Tuesday.

Walla finished the Demon with a three-over par round of 74, besting Keith Denton of Battle Mountain by a stroke.

He also complained about his game after entering the clubhouse.

“I didn’t start well,” said Walla. “I hit only five fairways today and I just had to grind it out.”

As bad as Walla felt he was doing, he managed to hit a 38 on the front nine, then end the day with a 36 on the second rotation of the West Glenwood nine-hole course.

Palisade’s Willie Edwards’ 76, earned him third place. Lawrence Poe of Aspen finished fourth at 78.

Roaring Fork’s Chris Webster and Adam Joiner tied for fifth with Aspen’s Ryan Doremus. All three golfers finished with a score of 79.

Two more Demons, Jesse Hansen and Andy Buchholz, carded 81s. That forced a three-way tie for 8th place with Rifle’s Shane Fazzi.

Jacob Ziemann, the fourth member of the Demon varsity, carded an 86.

Connor Frey’s 85 was the best round among Glenwood’s second foursome.

The prep golf tour resumes next week when area teams travel to Steamboat Springs.

For more results see page 11.


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