Girl Power

Yosemite golf team prepares for another title as Keyser expected to be league MVP for fourth straight year

Brian WilkinsonSeptember 6, 2012 

The Yosemite High School girl's golf team is heavily favored to defend their North Sequoia League Championship, giving the program an unprecedented seven consecutive league titles.

The top five finishers in league last year are returning this year and all five are Badgers.

The team is led by senior Jordan Keyser, the league's three-year MVP who was named to the Fresno Bee's Girls Golf All Star first team last year.

After her league MVP season last year, she won the North Area Tournament which included the top players from all the schools represented from Fresno and Madera counties. She then made her second trip in her high school career to the Southern Regional Tournament where she finished in the top 25.

In July she played in the Nature Valley First Tee Open held at Pebble Beach. It is a pro-junior amateur tournament where Keyser was teamed with Champions Tour professional Mark Calcavecchia. Keyser played some of the best golf of her young career and the pair finished tied for sixth out of 81 team in the tournament that was televised on the Golf Channel.

Keyser has set some lofty goals for herself. She is not only planning on going back to Southern California, but going on to the State Tournament and winning it.

According to coach Reg Turner, Keyser works harder on her golf game than anyone he knows.

"Every time I went out to Sierra Meadows Golf Course this past summer, I saw Jordan practicing. It's just a matter of her putting all it together at the right time. She is certainly capable of reaching her goals."

"I've been working hard with coach Mike Schy at Riverbend to improve my game," Keyser said.

The biggest improvement will be in her long game where she has improved her tee shots from about 220 yards last year to 260 this year. She has lowered her handicap from a six last year to two.

Last year's second place finisher was Jessica Rudd and she will battle teammate Kelsi Stieler for the No. 2 spot on the team. Both girls are sophomores.

Rudd spent her summer playing golf and also playing in the YHS girls summer basketball program.

Rudd's best 18-hole outing last season was an 84 and her goal this year is to break 80.

"The team is looking forward to winning the seventh consecutive league championship for the school," Rudd said.

Stieler, who wants to play on a college golf team after high school, said she has improved a lot from last year and is taking the game a lot more serious.

"I realized it's a lot more fun to shoot in the 80s than it is to shoot in the 90s," Stieler said. "I hope to break parr at the end-of-season league tournament and qualify for the North Area Tournament."

Junior Hannah McMechan and sophomore Libby Haggard round out the top five players from last year.

Also joining the team is sophomore Jordyn Ahrens, a transfer from Oakdale and Harley Deslaurier, a junior playing competitive golf for the first year.

The Badger's first tournament was a non-league match at Sierra Meadows on Aug. 29 with Bullard winning 147-127.

Yosemite High Girls Golf Schedule

Sept. 10: Lemoore Golf Tournament, 2 p.m.

Sept. 12: NSL Mini Tournament at Brighton Crest, 2 p.m.

Sept. 19: NSL Mini Tournament at Fresno West, 2 p.m.

Sept. 26: NSL Mini Tournament at Pheasant Run, 2 p.m.

Oct. 3: NSL Mini Tournament at Madera Muni, 2 p.m.

Oct. 10: NSL Championship at Sierra Meadows, 11 a.m.

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