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Already nearly halfway through their regular season, which includes nine tournaments, the members of Pagosa Springs High School’s golf team are working hard to make their way to the state tournament at the end of September.
Since Aug. 15, the team has taken part in four tournaments, with some of the team’s veteran players showing improvement over last year.
On the season, senior Jake Keuning is, on average, about nine strokes a round below where he was last year, while fellow senior Bryce Jacquez has cut an average of 3.5 strokes per round off his score.
On Aug. 15, four of the team’s student-athletes opened their season in Alamosa at the Cattails Golf Course, teeing off with 13 other teams.
The Pirates placed 10th at that tournament, with Keuning shooting an 87 on the par-72 course to lead the team. Following Keuning, Jacquez tallied a 93 on the day, while sophomore Owen Severs ended the day with a 109 and freshman Tanner Peart notched a 134 in his first-ever tournament.
Aside from Peart, who hit the course for the first time on Aug. 15, coach Mark Faber said, “The rest played quite a bit better than they played on the same course last year, so I’m excited.”
On Aug. 20, the team headed to Cortez for a day at the Conquistador Golf Course, finishing ninth among 12 teams.
Six Pirates played in the tournament, with Keuning leading the team with an 85 on the par-72 course.
Jacquez followed with a 97, senior Taylor Heitz ended with a 100 in his first tournament of the season, Severs ended with a 108, Peart ended with a 116, and freshman Roland Sanchez brought home a 135 in his first-ever tournament.
The next day, the Pirates played host to a tournament, finishing fifth out of nine teams on their home course.
“We never play well at home,” Faber noted, adding that everyone played OK on the day.
Keuning again led the team, this time with an 87 on the par-71 course.
Jacquez again followed, this time with a 100, while Heitz and Severs each notched a 104, Sanchez ended with a 113 and Peart tallied a 122.
Faber extended his thanks to the Pagosa Springs Golf Club for hosting the tournament and supporting the team.
“Overall, they’re playing better at this time than they were last year,” Faber said, adding, “They’re doing the right things and they will get better by doing that.”
The goal, Faber said, is to be better by the end of the season, in time for regional and (hopefully) state action.
Yesterday, Aug. 27, the team took part in a tournament at the Devil’s Thumb Golf Course in Delta and today are in Montrose at the Cobble Creek Golf Course. The results of those tournaments will be included in next week’s issue of The SUN.