A young Pirate golf team ended its season recently at regional competition at the Hollydot Golf Course in Colorado City.
While no team member advanced out of the regional competition to the state tournament, Coach Mark Faber counts the event, and the season, as a prime learning experience for his youthful golfers.
“We are a young team,” said Faber, “mostly freshmen, and we’ll have everyone back next year.
“We started the year not beating anyone. By the end of the season, we were beating half a dozen teams at a tournament. We got better and scores came down throughout the schedule.”
Golf is a technically precise game, and a game of nerves. If the season provided anything to Pirate golfers, it was not only a chance to improve technique but to familiarize themselves with the stress of tournament play as well.
“The regional tournament was a good learning experience,” said the coach. The guys had some nerves there they didn’t think they’d have, but they did well. The experience is good for next year.
“The members of the team have committed to putting in more effort through the year and next summer. We’ll use this as a building year and, hopefully, be better next season. I have thoroughly enjoyed the year with these kids. We have had great practices and everyone worked hard and learned. Our time was well spent and it is always enjoyable when you watch guys improve.”
Faber extended thanks on behalf of his team to the Pagosa Springs Golf Course owners and management for allowing the Pirates to use the course as a practice facility and for the annual home tournament.