Golf season is underway for Pagosa Springs High School athletes, who are rounding out their first tournament today in Montrose.
By next week, the team will be nearly half way through its season schedule.
The team began its first tournament of the season in Montrose at The Bridges on Wednesday, followed by play today, Thursday, at Black Canyon Golf Club.
Friday, the team will head to Alamosa for a tournament at Cattails Golf Course.
After a few days off, the team will head for a round at Conquistador Golf Course in Cortez on Wednesday, Aug. 22.
The next day, the Pirates will host their sole home tournament of the year at Pagosa Springs Golf Club. The tournament is open to spectators, whom Coach Mark Faber encourages to attend the tournament to cheer on the home team.
By the time school starts in early September, the Pirate golfers have six days of contested play left.
On Sept. 6, the team heads to La Veta for a day at the Grandote Peaks Golf Club.
The next day, the squad will play at the Monte Vista Golf Club before taking on a tournament closer to home on Sept. 10, at Hillcrest Golf Club in Durango.
On Sept. 11, the team will play in Rye, returning to the location on Sept. 17 and 18, where the team will play at the Hollydot Golf Course.
State play is scheduled for Oct. 1 and 2 at Pinehurst Golf Club in Denver.
All tournaments are currently scheduled for 9 a.m. shotgun starts.
Working toward the state tournament in October are 11 PSHS athletes — four upperclassmen and seven underclassmen.
Leading the team is senior Reyes McInnis, who is the team’s only returning golfer to have made the state tournament last season.
“I’m counting on him to do some good this year,” Faber said, adding he hopes McInnis will lead the team.
Joey Campbell, Casey Mudroch and Jaylon Ochoa are all returning to the team this year as juniors.
A bevy of sophomores includes returning golfers Jake Keuning and Eric Medina-Chavez, as well as newcomers Tyler Manzanares, J.C. Parsons, Taylor Heitz and Kennan Goebel.
A sole freshman, Ethan Hunt, rounds out this year’s squad.
And while the team looks to be a mix of experienced and new players, all are working to improve.
“It’s early in the season, but they’re all working hard,” Faber said.
Results from this week’s play will be available in next week’s issue of The SUN, as will future results.