Golfers start season with three wins

Rudd gets two first place finishes

September 10, 2013 

The Yosemite High girl's golf team, looking for their ninth consecutive North Sequoia League title this year, opened play last week with three dominant first place finishes

The Badgers travelled to Riverside Golf Course Sept. 3 for a head to head match with Bullard, easily beating the Knights, 86-42.

The teams used a modified stableford scoring system, which is a format that awards points for each hole, rather than strokes. A par is worth five points, bogey three and a double-bogey, two points, and a triple bogey one point.

Against Bullard, the team was led by juniors Jessica Rudd and Kelsi Stieler.

Stieler won the nine-hole match with an actual score of 44, with Rudd placing second with a 46.

"Both Kelsi and Jessica played without going over triple bogey on any hole," said coach Rusty Oetinger.

On Sept. 4, Yosemite hosted its first league match at Sierra Meadows, with the lady Badgers winning with a team stableford score of 136.

"Once again we were led by Jessica and Kelsi, but this time Jessica took first shooting a 41, with Kelsi just one stroke behind with a 42," Oetinger said.

Oetinger said the nice surprise of the day was the scores of the rest of the team.

"We finished the match with our golfers in the top fives spots," Oetinger said.

Senior Hannah McMechan finished in third, Libby Haggard fourth, and Jordyn Ahrens fifth.

The team finished the week hosting Kingsburg in a dual match Sept. 5, with a similar outcome to the match with Bullard.

"We had dominating performances from Jessica and Kelsi, with Jessica finishing first and Kelsi second," Oetinger said.

The final team score was Yosemite 130, Kingsburg 48.

"We are off to a good start and the rest of the team is improving quickly," Oetinger said. "It is great having two girls in Jessica and Kelsi to push each other to be sharp and improve for the rest of the season. Good competition breeds excellence and I believe we are going to see amazing growth on this team from everyone. The girls are playing very well together as a team, especially this early in the season, and we look to make a strong showing later in the year."

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