Defending league golf champs finish second at Sanger Tournament

-- Yosemite High correspondentMarch 6, 2013 

The Yosemite High School boys golf team kicked off the season with a solid second place finish at the seven team Sanger Tournament held at Sherwood Forest Country Club on Feb. 27.

Kevin Lauterbach (80) and Chris Wick (81) finished sixth and seventh out of the 42 player field.

A strong showing by juniors Matt Moneymaker (85) and Eddie Nixon (87) and sophomore Ryan Emerick (89) helped secure the second spot only five strokes behind Central High School who scored a 217. Madera finished third with 239 strokes.

Israel Garcia from Dinuba won the tournament with an even par 71.

The Badgers are hoping to defend their North Sequoia League championship this season. The team is anchored by Wick who is returning for his fourth varsity season and a former league MVP and junior Lauterbach, last years league MVP.

Moneymaker, Nixon and Emerick, along with Ben Avena, round out the early travel team. Hoping to break through to those positions are senior Luke Blate and freshman Connor McMechan and Garrett White.

This years team, according to coach Reg Turner, has the most enthusiasm and commitment to the game of any team he has coached.

"We have a lot of students that love the game and want to be competitive and are really putting in the time to improve their game," Turner said. "We are also very fortunate to have two outstanding facilities open to us in Sierra Meadows, our league course, and River Creek. One of reasons, and maybe the main reason we have been so successful, is due to their support. It is going to be a fun season."

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