Yosemite High golfer Jordan Keyser shot a four over-par 76 Monday to finish third out of a field of 50 golfers at the CIF Central Section Golf Tournament at Kings County Country Club in Hanford and will advance to the Nov. 8 Southern Regional Tournament in Murrieta. It will be Keyser's third trip to the Southern Regional.
The top nine finishers from a field of 124 at the Southern Regional will advance to the Nov. 13 CIF State Championship Tournament in Rancho Cucamonga.
On Monday, Keyser finished behind Stockdale High's (Bakersfield) Kayley Ny (74), who edged Clovis West player Camille Ortto (74) in a three-hold play-off.
According to coach Reg Turner, Keyser had an opportunity to win the tournament, but her round was marred by a triple bogey on a par three hole.
"I was within reach of winning the tournament and I met my goal of moving on to the next round," Keyser said. "I'm content with the way I played Monday."
Only five players in the tournament managed to break 80. Coming in behind Keyser was Christina Trujillo of Redwood High (77) and Alicia Hobbs of Clovis North (78).
Yosemite's Jessica Rudd failed to advance in the play-offs, shooting a 92. Only a sophomore, Rudd finished in the middle of the field competing against some of the best golfers in Central California. She was the only other Badger to advance to the Sectional Tournament with Keyser after finishing 15th at the Area tournament.
Keyser qualified for the Sectional Tournament by placing fifth at the Area Tournament on Oct. 22 at Madera Municipal Golf Course, shooting a 77.
Prior to the Area Tournament, she won the North Sequoia League Championship on Oct. 10 with a 74 and was named the North Sequoia League Most Valuable Player for the fourth consecutive year, a feat never accomplished by any YHS athlete.
The lady Badgers won the NSL title for the seventh straight year. In the league tournament, Keyser was followed by teammates Kelsie Stieler, Rudd and Hannah McMechan, who placed second, third and fourth.
Keyser has given a verbal commitment to play on scholarship for the University of Nevada, Reno, next year where she will major in biology.