Badgers win seventh straight golf title

Jordan Keyser named league MVP for 4th time

Brian WilkinsonOctober 18, 2012 

For the seventh consecutive year, the Yosemite High girls golf team has won the North Sequoia League championship.

The league tournament was held at Sierra Meadows Country Club Oct. 10, and as expected, Yosemite dominated play, placing four team members in the top five finishers list.

Jordan Keyser won the event with a 74 with teammates Kelsie Stieler, Jessica Rudd and Hannah McMechan placing second, third and fourth with scores of 94, 95 and 98. Emily Hopkins of Kerman came in fifth with a 99.

Kerman came in second with Liberty and Chowchilla placing third and fourth.

After the tournament, Keyser was named the league Most Valuable Player of the Year for the fourth consecutive year, a feat never attained in the history of the NSL or in the 36-year history of Yosemite High.

The team competed in the Area Golf Tournament Monday at Madera Muni. Winning the NSL tournament, the entire Badger team qualified for the area event, where the top 15 finishers will qualify for the Central Valley Tournament in Bakersfield. The top 12 from that event will advance to the So-Cal Tournament.

Keyser won the area tournament last year and her biggest competition this year will come from Clovis West's Cami Orito. Keyser went on last year to play in the section event in Bakersfield where she qualified for the regional in Southern California.

"I think she is putting it all together at the right time," said coach Reg Turner. "Her ball striking is the best it's been all season. She was only one of five players to break 100 on this tough course and she was around par all day."

"I play to win," Keyser said. "I'm going to go out and play my best at every tournament and give it my all and see where it takes me."

Turner is hoping more of the team can qualify for the section tournament. Last year, Rudd made it to Bakersfield with Keyser.

"The girls will have to shoot in the 80s to move on," Turner said.

Keyser verbally commits to University of Nevada, Reno

Jordan Keyser's skills on the golf course have allowed her to make a verbal commitment to play next year for NCAA Division I University of Nevada, Reno.

The school has offered her a 60% athletic scholarship valued at more than $12,000 for the first year. The partial scholarship can turn into a full scholarship for year two depending on her level of play during her freshman year.

"To turn it into a full-ride scholarship I need to go out and play some great golf and keep my focus on my ultimate goal," Keyser said. "With dedication, lots of practice and focus will come a full-ride. I've wanted to play D1 collegiate golf ever since I started playing when I was seven." Keyser said.

With a 4.12 GPA, Keyser should also receive some academic scholarships.

The Wolf Pack, coached by Chad Spencer, is a member of the Far West conference along with Fresno State, Wyoming, UNLV, San Diego State, Hawaii, Air Force, New Mexico and Boise State, and Reno. The team will participate in the Fresno Lexus Classic on April 15 and 16.

Yosemite golf coach Reg Turner's nephew, Kendall Brock, a graduate of Clovis West High School, is a sophomore receiver for the Wolf Pack football team.

Keyser was sought for her golf skills by a number of schools including Cal State Monterey Bay, but decided on the Nevada school because she believes the program will give her the opportunity to take her to the next level and her dream of playing professionally.

"The coach is fantastic, I love the campus and they have some tough competition, which I like," Keyser said. "There were many colleges I had to choose from, but I felt the University of Nevada Reno was the best fit for me."

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