The first of the fall sports at Pagosa Springs High School is nearing its end, with the golf team taking part in the Intermountain League tournament Tuesday in South Fork and two Pirate golfers heading for the state championship tournament next week.
Four Pirates headed to South Fork Tuesday for the IML tournament, placing second out of three teams. Monte Vista finished first, while Alamosa trailed Pagosa.
Despite the Pirates finishing second at the tournament, senior Jake Keuning took the day’s top individual title, shooting an 86 on the par-72 course.
Sophomore Owen Severs followed with a 98, senior Bryce Jacquez shot a 110 and freshman Tanner Peart ended the day with a 111.
“It’s a really hard course,” coach Mark Faber said of the Rio Grande Club. “It’s kind of intimidating, a little, just how the holes are laid out.”
Faber noted that, in addition to the terrain of the course, the greens play “quick.”
“It’s a really good test for them,” he said.
And now, with team tournaments done for the Pirates, the focus is on state for two individuals.
Next Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 29 and 30, Keuning and Jacquez will represent PSHS at the state tournament event, which includes the state’s top 80 golfers from 1A, 2A and 3A classes, which all play in 3A leagues.
It will be Keuning’s second trip to state and Jacquez’s first.
The tournament will be held at the Northeastern 18 Golf Course and will be a 36-hole, two-day event that will conclude with both individual and team champions announced Tuesday afternoon.
Tee times begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday, with Jacques and Keuning set to tee-off back-to-back around 9:30 a.m., Faber said.
“I’m excited for both of them,” the coach said. “I think they’re both pretty excited and both in a pretty good frame of mind.”
Faber said neither he nor the two Pirates have seen the course, and the trio will head up Saturday and complete a practice round Sunday before the tournament begins Monday.
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Keuning and Jacquez both qualified for the state tournament at Sept. 16’s regional tournament, which was held at the Hollydot Golf Course in Rye.
At that tournament, Keuning notched a 90 on the par-71 course, while Jacquez finished with a 94 after going birdie and par respectively on the final two holes of the tournament.