Two Pirate golfers advance to state tourney

It was a busy couple of weeks for the student-athletes on the Pagosa Springs High School golf team — they rounded out their regular season schedule with three tournaments and competed in the regional tournament in Rye.

Now all the team has left is the Intermountain League Tournament in South Fork, and two Pirate golfers — Jake Keuning and Bryce Jacquez — will head to the state tournament later this month.

The Pirates were originally supposed to participate in a tournament in La Veta on Sept. 4, but ended up not playing because of a miscommunication.

The team was, however, in action in Monte Vista the following day, where the Pirates finished second out of five teams.

On the day, Keuning led with an 85 on the par-70 course, while Owen Severs followed with a 97, Jacquez tallied a 101, Ben Pargin shot a 108, Roland Sanchez ended with a 119, and Tanner Peart shot a 123.

“They’re getting better,” coach Mark Faber said. “They’re moving forward, so that’s good.”

The next Monday, Sept. 8, the team headed to Durango for a tournament at the Hillcrest Golf Club.

Keuning again led the Pirates at that tournament, shooting an 89 on the par-71 course. Jacquez followed with a 94, Severs shot a 112, Pargin followed close behind with a 113, and Peart ended with a 131.

Because the team left the tournament early to head to Rye for the next day’s tournament, team results were not available.

“The kids played all right,” Faber said. “The greens were a little tough on them, but they handled them OK.”

The next day, the team competed at the Hollydot Golf Course in Rye — also the site of this week’s regional tournament.

At the Sept. 9 tournament, Keuning notched not only his best score of the season, but the team’s best score of the season with a 79 on the par-71 course.

“He played well; he played really well,” the coach said.

Pargin followed with a 96, Severs shot a 99 and Jacquez finished with a 100.

Of the 16 teams at the tournament, the Pirates finished eighth.

“That’s where regionals (was), so I was real excited,” Faber said. “Everyone played a little better there.

Last Tuesday, Sept. 16, the team was back at Hollydot for regional action, which included 80 golfers from 1A, 2A and 3A schools.

At that tournament, Keuning again led the Pirates with a 90, with Jacquez following with a 94.

Both qualified to advance to the state tournament Sept. 29 in Sterling, with Jacquez’s qualifying coming in dramatic fashion.

Jacquez, the last of the Pirate golfers to finish at the tournament, shot a birdie on the 17th hole and par on the 18th hole as his teammates watched to qualify for the state tournament.

The top 32 golfers on the day qualified to move on and will now compete against the top 80 1A, 2A and 3A golfers in the state.

Also competing on the day were sophomores Pargin and Severs. Pargin shot a 103 on the day, while Severs followed with a 112.

“For sophomores, I’m excited,” Faber said. “I’m excited for … the future.”

Over the next week the Pirates will play in their last tournament as a team — the IML tournament.

The tournament is scheduled for Sept. 23 in South Fork, Faber said, with Keuning, Jacquez, Severs and Peart expected to represent the Pirates.

“I’m very proud of all of them and I’m excited about state and the conference,” the coach said.

This story was posted on September 18, 2014.