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Golfers head for postseason play

The regular season schedule for the Pagosa Springs High School golf team is finished, leaving the team to focus on postseason play that begins next week.

Rounding out its regular season schedule, the squad played in three tournaments on Thursday, Monday and Tuesday.

First off, the four Pirate golfers headed to the La Veta Tournament at Grandote, starting their day with a 5 a.m. departure and ending the day with the team’s best play of the year.

Overall, the team placed 12th out of 24 teams on the day on the par-72 course.

Leading Pagosa’s golfers on the day was Reyes McInnis with an 87, followed by Jaylon Ochoa at 92 and Drew Mackey and Casey Mudroch at 97 each.

Monday, the team headed to Durango for a tournament at Hillcrest, staying at the course only long enough to finish their rounds, but not to collect the team’s final scores and standings.

Coach Mark Faber said the Monday tournament was a good experience for the team, but added that Pagosa’s golfers struggled on the day.

The team left the tournament as soon as it was over to head to Pueblo, their pit stop for the night en route to the Rye Tournament held at Hollydot in Colorado City on Tuesday.

Hollydot is also the location of next week’s regional tournament.

Pagosa again placed 12th at the tournament, this time out of 25 teams, on a course with a par of 71.

McInnis again led the Pirate scores on the day, shooting an 89. Mackey followed with a 95, Ochoa shot a 97 and Mudroch finished with a 98.

“La Veta and Rye were actually pretty good,” Faber said. “They’re starting to come around, some of them.”

Regionals begin Monday with a practice round, followed by Tuesday’s tournament.

Faber said the final decision has not yet been made as to which four golfers will represent Pagosa in the tournament, with five vying for spots — McInnis, Mackey, Ochoa, Mudroch and Anthony Ferguson.

The team will play qualifying rounds prior to the tournament to help Faber decide who will go.

“I just want to be as fair as I can be to have the right kids there,” Faber said.

Faber added that, while the season has been tough, there is a chance Pagosa could send a golfer to state.

Regionals tees off at 9 a.m. on Sept. 21 in Colorado City.

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