Home course advantage did not seem to take effect for the Pagosa Springs High School golf team last week.
Nor was the Cortez course welcoming to the Pirate golfers.
The Pagosa squad traveled to Cortez on Aug. 24, teeing off against seven other teams before welcoming five teams to the Pagosa Springs tournament.
In Cortez, the Pirate team placed seventh out of eight teams on the par-72 course.
Seven PSHS golfers took part in the tournament, with Reyes McInnis drawing the best score for the Pirates with a 92.
Drew Mackey followed with 105, Casey Mudroch with 111, Joey Campbell at 104, Jaylon Ochoa with 103, Jake Keuning at 109 and Eric Medina-Chavez with a 126.
Coach Mark Faber indicated he was impressed by Keuning, a freshman, in his first high school tournament.
The next day, the team hosted the Pagosa Springs Tournament on a course with a par of 71, finishing sixth as a team.
Ochoa led the Pirates on the day, tallying 101. Mudroch tallied 107 on the day, Mackey shot 110, Anthony Ferguson 111, Campbell 124, Keuning 128, Medina-Chavez 131 and McInnis 139.
While the team was not up to par, Faber said he was thankful for the opportunity to host the tournament at the local golf course, as well as to the parents who showed their support on the course.
With only three tournaments left until regional play, Faber said the team members’ attention will be on playing their best at regionals.
To accomplish the goal, Faber said the team is working on going back to the basics to give the golfers a baseline to work from when things aren’t going well.
“What I’m looking for, more than anything, out of all of them is consistency,” Faber said, adding, “There’s some progress being made, it’s just not showing up in the scores yet.”
Faber hopes the progress will begin to show at this Friday’s tournament in Monte Vista — which doubles as the first-ever conference tournament for the Pirates.
The tournament tees off at 9 a.m. in Monte Vista.