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Lightning brings end to home golf tournament

Despite two tournaments on the schedule for last week, the Pagosa Springs High School golf team completed only one tournament and what amounted to an area-wide scrimmage day at Pagosa Springs Golf Club.

The team started off the week with a tournament in Cortez on Aug. 22, with eight golfers hitting the par-71 course.

Senior Reyes McInnis shot a 95, which Coach Mark Faber said is about where McInnis has been all year.

Jaylon Ochoa, however, had his best round of the year on the day, ending with a 96. Casey Mudroch, too, tallied a 96.

Jake Keuning notched a 100 in his first tournament of the season.

Rounding out the team, Tyler Manzanares shot a 105, J.C. Parsons ended with a 106, Taylor Heitz tallied a 120 and Eric Medina-Chavez notched a 127 in his first tournament of the year.

“All in all, a little bit better,” Faber said. “They’re working on it. They’re enjoying it.”

Then, Thursday, the team welcomed fans and golfers to Pagosa Springs Golf Club for a day of play.

But, lightning drove players off the links before the majority of teams could complete the course. Some, Faber said, still had four holes to complete.

Only one grouping, which included McInnis, finished, with Reyes shooting an 88 — his best round of the year. His counterpart from Cortez, however, shot one under par on the course, Faber said.

Because of the lightning, though, McInnis’ score will not count toward season totals.

Despite the rain, Faber offered his thanks to the Pagosa Springs Golf Club. “They’re very good to the golf team and what we try to do.”

A new addition to the schedule is this week’s conference championship, to be played in South Fork.

The top four golfers from each of the Pagosa, Monte Vista and Alamosa teams will take to the links Friday.

Faber said he had not chosen the four golfers to represent Pagosa at the tournament as of Wednesday, but would choose based on season performance and a qualifying event at practice.

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