Durango boys golf repeats at Pagosa Springs

Durango boys work through tough setup to win by 10 strokes

The Durango boys golf team became back-to-back champions Thursday at the Pagosa Springs Invitational.

The Demons posted a team score of 261 to win by 10 strokes at Pagosa Springs Golf Club. Alamosa placed second with 271.

“The course played kind of tough today, but the boys hung in there and played well enough to win,” Durango head coach Kirk Rawles said.

Tough pin locations made for few birdie opportunities. Rawles said the course didn’t change the pins from a men’s tournament held earlier in the week, and one hole saw some players four-putt. Along with tough pins, Rawles said the Demons had a tough time adjusting to the speed of the greens, which was slower than they’re used to playing at Hillcrest Golf Club and Dalton Ranch Golf Club.

Montezuma-Cortez’ Cris Rudosky was the only player to break 80, shooting a 3-over-par 74 for medalist honors.

Ryan Genualdi led the Demons with an 81, which placed him at second overall. Genualdi became the third different Demon to lead the team in scoring in three tournaments so far this season.

Rawles said the fluidity of the team’s low shooter is the result of the work the players put into their game away from Durango’s scheduled practices.

“They have a really good work ethic. They’ve been practicing a lot and getting a lot of time in before school starts next week,” Rawles said. “They’re out there getting practice away from the regular practice we have scheduled for them. They’re out there playing with each other and having some fun.”

Kyle Pritchard shot an 89 and Luke Tichi fired a 91 to make up the other two rounds of Durango’s winning score. Ethan Whidden and Luke Napier rounded out the varsity squad, shooting 92 and 95, respectively.

The Demons will have next week off to get settled in to the new school year, then will head to Grand Junction on Aug. 28-29 for the Southwest League Championships.

kschneider@durangoherald.com

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