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Golfers make progress as regular season ends

The Pagosa Springs High School golf team had one less tournament than anticipated in the last week, but played as much golf and traveled as much as anticipated, showing improvement all the while.

Thursday, the team set out for a tournament in La Veta, but their vehicle broke down in Monte Vista, keeping them from the tournament.

Instead, the golfers took to the Monte Vista Golf Course while they waited for the needed repairs to make the trip home.

The next day, a different faction of the team set off again (to avoid having the same kids miss school for all four of the week’s tournaments), and again stopped in Monte Vista, this time a planned stop for a tournament on the par-71 course.

Casey Mudroch led the team on the day, shooting a 94, followed by Jaylen Ochoa with a 96. Taylor Heitz notched a 105 on the day, J.C. Parsons shot a 112, and Eric Medina-Chavez rounded out the team with a 115.

The team finished in the middle of the pack at the 11-team tournament.

Monday, the team was again on the road, this time for a tournament in Durango at the par-72 Hillcrest Golf Club.

Reyes McInnis tallied a team-leading 87 on the 18 holes, followed by a 95 from Tyler Manzanarez, a 99 from Ochoa, a 105 from Mudroch and a 108 from Jake Keuning.

Coach Mark Faber said the team left Durango en route to Pueblo before results were available for the day.

After a night in Pueblo, the team took on the Rye High School Tournament at Hollydot Golf Course in Colorado City — also the site of next week’s regional action.

McInnis again led the team with an 87 on the day, followed by Ochoa at 88, Keuning at 91, Manzanarez at 94, and Mudroch at 104 on the par-71 course.

The team placed 12th out of 27 teams. Competitors at the tournament included a number of 4A teams, Faber said.

“The really good news here is this is where we play regionals next week,” Faber said, adding that the tournament was by far the team’s best on the season.

The team’s hard work is finally becoming apparent on the course, Faber said, and the athletes are showing improvement at just the right time.

Monday and Tuesday, four Pirate golfers will return to Hollydot for the regional tournament to determine who qualifies for state action on Oct. 1 and 2 in Denver.

Faber said he has not decided which four Pirates will represent the team at regionals, but that a series of qualifiers will be held during practice to help with the decision.

randi@pagosasun.com

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