Wick finishes 15th at Central Section

-- Yosemite High School correspondentMay 29, 2013 

The Yosemite High School boy's golf team wrapped up the season with a third place finish in the May 14 CIF team championships held at River Island in Porterville. Frontier High School of Bakersfield shot a 414, Visalia's Central Valley Christian shot 415 and the Badgers shot 431, well above their season average of 203 for nine holes.

Kevin Lauterbach and Chris Wick led the Badgers with 80s.

Konner Baker of Frontier led Division II players with a 77. Yosemite led at the nine hole turn with a 202 compared to 206 and 208 for Frontier and Central Valley Christian.

Wick and Lauterbach shot 38 on the front and Ben Avena a 39, but they could not close the deal on the backside.

"We should be jumping up and down for the season we had," said coach Reg Turner, "but we had team composed of mostly juniors so we should be solid for next year.

Of the six primary players, Wick is the only senior. he was the only YHS golfer to qualify for the Central Section individual championship held at Madera County Club on May 21. He tied for 15th out of a field of 47 players.

"Chris shot an 81, leaving him one stroke shy of qualifying for the Regionals on May 30 in Southern California," Turner said.

Sean Duckering, of Buchanan, the Tri-River Athletic Conference Player of Year, was medalist with a 73. Teammate Dalton Hartman and Clovis West's Russel Tukeuchi tied for second with 75.

Wick, a former North Sequoia League Most Valuable Player, says golf is a big part of who he is and would like to continue playing at Monterey Peninsula Junior College where he will be attending in the fall.

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