Three golfers receive post-season honors, two to state


    Staff Writer

    The season’s not over for two members of the Pagosa Springs High School golf team, but three Pirates have already garnered post-season honors.

    Following last Friday’s Intermountain League conference championship held at the Rio Grande Club in South Fork, three Pirate golfers won honors.

    Jaylon Ochoa, who shot an 86 to win the tournament, was named IML player of the year.

    Two others, Jake Keuning and Casey Mudroch — who will represent Pagosa at the state golf tournament for 1A, 2A and 3A divisions in Pueblo next week — were both named all-conference.

    At Friday’s tournament, Keuning shot a 92 and Mudroch ended with a 95.

    Those three scores (totaling 273 strokes) helped the Pirates finish second at the IML tournament, behind Alamosa (who shot 267 as a team), and ahead of Monte Vista’s 301.

    Two other Pagosa golfers also took part in the tournament (each team fielded five golfers, with the top three contributing to the team score).

    Bryce Jacquez notched a 108 on the day, followed closely by Taylor Heitz with a 109.

    “That’s as tough of a course as they’ll play all year,” coach Mark Faber said. “It’s fun, but it’s tough.”

    Now, Keuning and Mudroch continue their work on the course in preparation for the two-day state tournament next Monday and Tuesday.

    This year’s tournament is being held at the Pueblo Country Club.

    Supporters can follow the event’s live scores on CHSAA website,

    “I think it’s an awesome opportunity and they both deserve it,” Faber said.