Pirate golfers take 62nd, 79th at state


The 2014 golf season is in the books for Pagosa Springs High School, with seniors Jake Keuning and Bryce Jacquez finishing out the season at the state tournament in Sterling earlier this week.

The pair took to the Northeastern 18 Golf Course in Sterling for two days of action Monday and Tuesday, competing against 84 golfers from 1A, 2A and 3A schools across the state.

Keuning finished 62nd at the tournament, while Jacquez finished 79th.

“That’s pretty amazing,” coach Mark Faber said of the golfers’ ability to rank in the top 80 in the state.

It was the second trip to the tournament for Keuning, who finished in a four-way tie for 56th in 2013.

This year, Keuning shot an 88 on the first day and an 87 on the second day for a total of 175, which is 31 over par and was enough to land him in 62nd.

Jacquez, in his first trip to state, shot a 98 both days of the tournament for a total of 196, which is 52 over par and earned him the 79th spot.

“They both played hard through the whole deal,” coach Mark Faber said, adding, “They played solid, played good. … I’m proud of both of them and proud of how hard they played.”

The coach continued to state that both golfers handled themselves well at the tournament, with neither player very nervous.

“It was a good state tournament, it just wasn’t great; that’s what we were hoping for,” Faber said, adding that neither golfer “caught fire.”

Too, it was the final golf tournament of the pair’s high school career.

“I’m going to be really sad to see them go,” Faber said, adding that the pair worked hard all year to make it to state.

Three golfers from different schools each finished two over par for a three-way tie for first prior to a playoff for the individual title.

Intermountain League honors garnered by the Pirates will be printed in next week’s issue of The SUN.