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McInnis qualifies for state golf tournament

Pagosa Springs High School will be represented at the state golf tournament.

Junior Reyes McInnis shot an 80 at Tuesday’s regional tournament in Colorado City, landing him 12th out of 96 golfers and qualifying him for the state tournament in October.

“We did pretty well,” said Coach Mark Faber.

Overall, the Pirates finished the tournament ninth out of 24 teams on the par-71 course — and above conference foes Alamosa and Monte Vista.

In his qualifying, 80-stroke finish, McInnis shot a 37 on one side of the course and a 43 on the other, Faber said.

Following up McInnis, senior Drew Mackey shot a 92, shooting a 42 on one side and a 50 on the other.

The finish left Mackey two strokes shy of qualifying for state, Faber said.

“He was really close and that’s really disappointing,” Faber said.

Rounding out the Pirate competitors at the regional tournament, sophomore Casey Mudroch finished with a 98 and sophomore Jaylon Ochoa shot a 101.

“For a regional tournament, with pressure ... I think they all handled it very well,” Faber said of his team.

Now, Faber’s focus will shift to working with McInnis until the state tournament on Oct. 3 and 4 in Gunnison.

“We’re going to spend the next 10 days or so trying to see if we can get another three or four strokes off him,” Faber said of the goal for McInnis.

Eighty-four golfers from the 1A, 2A and 3A classifications will take part in the two-day tournament at the Dos Rios Golf Club, playing 18 holes each day.

randi@pagosasun.com

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