The Pirate golf team continues to fight its way through the regular season schedule, with members making incremental improvements as the regional qualifying level of play approaches.
“We started the season inexperienced,” said Coach Mark Faber, “with some kids who had never played in a high school tournament. We’ve played six players so far this year and they have all scored better at every tournament. They get better each time out.”
With some players shooting scores in the high 80s, Faber notes that “this is very good, considering where we started.”
Pagosa’s most recent competition was at Monte Vista, Sept. 10. The team finished in second place in the final standings.
Senior Jeremiah Steed led the way for the team at Monte Vista. The senior took fifth place in the individual rankings. “Jeremiah has consistently played the best this year,” said the coach, “with a couple rounds in the eighties.”
Faber praised the work and play by senior Jared Burch and junior Corey Lucero. “With Jeremiah, the three have played well for us.”
Two other members of the team have played on the four-man tourney roster this season: Drew Mackey, a sophomore, and Derek Hujus, a senior.
Trent Maddux, a senior playing his first year of high school golf has contributed as have freshmen Reyes McGinnis and Zach Kelley.
“We have a small number of kids out for the team this year,” said Faber, “but they go out with a good attitude and they are all improved. It’s been enjoyable.”
The team traveled to the Front Range this week to play at Canon City and at the Hollydot course — the final competitions prior to the regional tournament, at Hollydot, on Sept. 22.
“We’ll finalize the four guys who will go to regionals at the tournaments this week,” said Faber. “Then, if anyone qualifies, the state tournament will be held at Trinidad.” The state tourney is scheduled Oct. 4-5.