Golfers swing into final week of regular season

With only one week of action left before regionals, the members of the Pagosa Springs High School golf team are working to continue shaving strokes off their scores, and several did just that in two tournaments last week.

The standout performance of the week came from sophomore Owen Severs last Wednesday, when the team headed to Delta for a day at the Devil’s Thumb Golf Club.

“It’s really a harder course,” coach Mark Faber said, noting it had a “different” layout.

Severs led the team at the tournament with a 90 — more than 10 strokes less than his previous best score.

“Owen really had the best round,” Faber said, adding, “It was fun to watch. He played well.”

Senior Taylor Heitz followed with a 92 on the par-72 course, and senior Jake Keuning tallied a 94 on the day due to “one bad hole,” according to Faber.

Senior Bryce Jacquez followed with a 101.

Sophomore Ben Pargin rounded out the Pirate golfers with a 120 on the day.

“I’m pleased with how they played there,” the coach said.

The team finished ninth out of 12 teams.

The following day, the team took to the Cobblecreek Golf Course in Montrose for another tournament on a par-72 course.

Faber noted it was a tough course, with water hazards on every hole.

“I think they enjoyed it, I really do,” the coach said of the team.

Keuning rebounded on the day, leading the team with an 85.

Heitz followed with a 93, with the coach commenting that Heitz played well in the two tournaments.

Jacquez and Severs followed with 98 each, and Pargin notched a 127 on the day.

The team finished 12th out of 16 teams at the tournament.

The team will be busy this week, with four tournaments in five days to complete the Pirates’ regular season schedule.

Today, the Pirates are in La Veta for a tournament at the Grandote Peaks Golf Club and tomorrow will play in Monte Vista at the Monte Vista Golf Club.

After a brief rest, the team heads to Durango Monday for a day at the Hillcrest Golf Club before finishing out regular season action with a tournament at the Hollydot Golf Club in Rye on Tuesday.

All tournaments are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

Regionals will take place in Rye Sept. 15 and 16, with the first day being a practice day.

Faber has not yet decided who will represent the Pirates in the regional tournament, noting that the golfers will be chosen based on their performance throughout the season thus far, who is improving, and what happens over the next week.

“The kids are starting to get excited,” Faber said. “They’re playing a little better.”

This story was posted on September 4, 2014.