YHS girls golf team looking for 9th consecutive title

August 20, 2013 

The Yosemite High School girl's golf team has two good reasons it is favored to win a ninth consecutive North Sequoia League championship this fall — Jessica Rudd and Kelsi Stieler.

Both juniors, Rudd and Stieler finished the season last year as the No. 2 and No. 3 players on the team respectively. Rudd's best round last year was an 82 and Stieler shot a 89 on her best day.

Coach Rusty Oetinger said both girls are good, consistent players with lots of experience.

Last year's coach, Reg Turner, is assisting Oetinger, who has returned to Yosemite after a year in China with his family where he taught school and gave golf lessons to youth and adults. Turner will again be the boys head coach in the spring.

Oetinger said this year's team will be solid with the team members that are returning from last year. In addition to Rudd and Stieler, team members are seniors Hannah McMechan and Harley DesLaurier, juniors Joydan Ahrens and Libby Haggard, sophomore Lynette Combs, and incoming freshman Hailey Abrahams.

McMechan finished the season last year as the No. 4 player on the team with a best round of 98. Her goal this year is to shot under 90 and she's been working hard on her short game.

"It's going to be a good year for our team and I'm looking forward to being a part of the Badger team that will win the 9th consecutive NSL title for the school," McMechan said.

Oetinger expects Kerman to be a challenge for the Badger's this season.

"Although the players are usually not that experienced, the Kerman coach always gets the best out of them, Oetinger said.

The Badgers will host a mini NSL match at 2 p.m., Sept. 4, at Sierra Meadows.

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