Keyser prepares for NCAA Division 1 play

August 20, 2013 

Some of the top young golfers in northern and Central California played at Sierra Meadows Country Club Aug. 17 and 18 in the Junior Tour of Northern California tournament sactioned by the Northern California Golf Association.

The boys and girls are split in two divisions, Championship and First Flight, based on the player's handicap.

Recent Yosemite High graduate Jordan Keyser tied for second in the girl's Championship Division with Jasmine Hsu of Fremont, both shooting a two-day, 36-hole total of 152, eight over parr for the two-day event.

The winner of the girls Championship division was Sabrina Iqbal of San Jose with a 148.

Keyser was a four time North Sequoia League MVP, the only athlete to accomplish that feat in the history of the school.e

Keyser, who left this week to attend school and play golf at the University of Nevada, Reno, has been practicing daily the past five weeks at Riverbend Golf Course with coach Mike Schy.

Keyser will be the only freshman on the eight-member Reno team, with five qualifying to play in tournaments.

Keyser said there is a chance of red-shirting this year, practicing with the team but not eligible to play in tournaments her freshman year. By red-shirting. she would still have four years of eligibility after this season.

"If I don't red-shirt, I hope to play well enough to make the travel team," Keyser said.

Jordan's sister, Kirsten, who also was an NSL MVP, will be a senior on the California Baptist University golf team in Riverside.

Yosemite's Jessica Rudd also played in the tournament and finished seventh in the Championship division with a 182.

Yosemite High's No. 1 player, Kevin Lauterbach, finished fourth in the boys Championship division with a three over parr 143. Danville's Joshua McCarthy won the title with a three under, 135.

Claire Oetinger, an eighth grader at Wasuma Elementary School, placed eighth in the First Flight division with a 189. The division was won by Lillian Torres of Fresno with a 156.

Faith Low, 8, of Foster City, was the youngest of the 55 players who participated in the tournament. She finished fifth in the First Flight division with a 171.

The Junior Tour of Northern California came about out of the Northern California Golf Association and the Northern California Professional Golf Association's desire to create a single tour where junior golfers could compete against the best players in the region.

Meghan Olsen with the Junior Tour of Northern California, said the tournament went well.

"We saw a lot of quality golf played by everyone in the field," Olsen said. "The Sierra Meadow staff and the volunteers did a great job in helping make this a great tournament."

Olsen encourages young players to get involved in tournaments to improve their game.

"The best experience a young player can get is playing in competitive tournaments like this one," Olsen said. "If a young player want to get better, I tell them to find area and regional tournaments to participate in."

To play in a Junior Tour of Northern California tournament, golfers must meet specific requirements including current NCGA membership, pay Junior Tour membership fee, take mandatory rules and etiquette curriculum, have an established handicap at the time of entry into the tournament, be 18 or younger and have not started college.

Details: gtnc.org.

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