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Golf team starts season, hosts home tourney

Several Pirate golfers commenced their regular season over the last week, facing off in three regional tournaments.

Five golfers traveled to Montrose for back-to-back tournaments last week, starting on Wednesday at The Bridges.

The outing was the first time on the course for the Pirates, with Coach Mark Faber noting that it is a nice course, but is technical in some places.

While the overall team finish was nothing to write home about (in the bottom half of 16 teams), Faber said, “I think they did pretty well. Not bad for the first time.”

Casey Mudroch led the team with a 93 on the par-71 course, while Reyes McInnis followed with a 94.

Joey Campbell recorded a 107 on the day, J.C. Parsons shot a 111 and Jaylon Ochoa rounded out Pagosa’s score with a 120.

The next day, the team switched golf courses for a tournament at the Black Canyon Golf Club.

Again, the team’s overall score on the par-71 course led them to a bottom-half finish among the 15 teams at the tournament.

Mudroch led the Pirates on the day with a 97 and was followed by a 102 from Ochoa, a 104 from Parsons and a 111 from Campbell. McInnis did not take part in the day’s tournament.

Saturday, the team traveled to Alamosa for a 12-team tournament at Gattails Golf Course, again finishing in the bottom half of the final standings.

More golfers attended the tournament for the Pirates, however, including two freshman who made their tournament debuts.

Leading Pagosa’s golfers at the tournament was McInnis with a 93, followed by Parsons with a 95, Mudroch 109, Tyler Manzanares recorded at 107 in his first high school tournament, Taylor Heitz notched a 112 in his first-ever tournament, and Ochoa shot a 116.

Faber said that, although it’s early in the year and some of the team is new to the sport, he is proud of the team.

“All in all, I’m proud of them,” he said. They stayed in there and played hard.”

More Pirate golfers were expected to see action in the second week of the season, with a Wednesday tournament in Cortez at Conquistador Golf Course. Results of the tournament were not available by press time.

Today, the Pirates are on the links of the Pagosa Springs Golf Club for their sole home tournament of the season.

A shotgun start kicks off the action at 9 a.m. this morning.

The tournament is open to spectators, who are encouraged to cheer on the team, Faber said.

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