While most other high school sports are still in preseason mode, the Pagosa Springs High School Golf team has begun tournament play.
Six of the nine golfers on the team took part in the Alamosa Tournament on Aug. 19, where Pagosa ended the day in 10th place out of 15 teams on the par-71 course.
“The kids are working hard,” Coach Mark Faber said. “They were excited to finally play a tournament.”
In the tournament, junior Reyes McInnis and sophomore Anthony Ferguson led the Pirates with 99s, while senior Drew Mackey followed with a 102. Sophomores Casey Mudroch and Joey Campbell recorded 104s and sophomore Jaylon Ochoa ended the day with a 105.
The Pirates also took part in the Cortez Tournament Wednesday, however, results were not available by press time Wednesday and will be included in next week’s story.
Next up, the Pirates host the Pagosa Springs Tournament today — their only home play of the season.
“More than anything, I’d ... like to say to people, please come out and watch them,” Faber said.
Faber said more of his golfers will take part in the two tournaments — valuable experience for the young team.
“It’s a hard game. It takes a lot of time and a lot of work on it,” Faber said. “We’re pretty young, mostly.”
Mackey is the team’s only senior, while McInnis is the only junior.
In addition to those listed above, the team includes sophomore Brayden Mitchell and freshmen Jake Keuning and Eric Medina-Chavez.
“It’s a really good bunch of kids. I thoroughly enjoy working with them,” Faber said. “They’ve got good attitudes ... They’re certainly willing to try.”
Faber said the young crew will also experience a first this year — a conference tournament — thanks to the addition of a third team, Alamosa, to the conference.
Within the Monte Vista Tournament on Sept. 2, Monte Vista, Alamosa and Pagosa Springs will square off for the conference title.
Today’s tournament begins at 9 a.m. at the Pagosa Springs Golf Club and is open to the public.