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Halfway through its regular season schedule, the Pagosa Springs High School golf team is still traversing an uphill climb to reach its desired level of play for the regional tournament Sept. 17.
On Aug. 21, the team traveled to Cortez for a tournament at Conquistador Golf Club.
On the day, Jaylon Ochoa led the Pirates with a score of 96, followed by Taylor Heitz with a 97.
Jake Keuning followed with a 98. Casey Mudroch brought home a score of 100 and Bryce Jacquez rounded out the varsity team with a 101.
Coach Mark Faber said the team finished in the bottom third of the standings at the tournament, which included about a dozen teams.
“It wasn’t a great day. They stayed after it,” Faber said. “We’re struggling a little bit.”
But while the team is collectively still trying to figure out how to cross hurdles, Faber highlighted the improvement of Heitz at the tournament, as well as the home tournament the following day.
At the home tournament, hosted by the Pagosa Springs Golf Club, Ochoa again led the team, this time with a score of 93.
Heitz followed with a 96, and Mudroch notched a 97.
Keuning followed with a 98, and Jacquez hit a 103.
Of the five teams in the tournament, the Pirates placed fourth.
“They did OK, just not great scores,” Faber said.
Cortez finished first at the tournament, led by a golfer who shot three under par on the par-71 course.
Again, Faber highlighted the improvement of Heitz, whom he noted, “stepped up” at the tournament.
“Thanks to all the folks that did come out, and thanks to the course,” Faber said of hosting the tournament. “They were awesome.”
Wednesday, Aug. 28, the team headed for the Devil’s Thumb Golf Course in Delta.
“This is a tough course for these guys, but it’s a fun course,” Faber said Wednesday. Results from the tournament will be available in next week’s issue of The SUN.
Today, the team is in Montrose, playing at the Cobble Creek Golf Course.
Faber said the team is using the tournaments to work on needed skills for the regional tournament.