The Yosemite High Badger girls golf team finished a successful, yet grueling first two weeks of September, participating in six tournaments in a period of nine days.
Having accomplished such a feat with only a single loss to Bullard High is quite an achievement according to coach Rusty Oetinger.
"The lone loss to Bullard by just five points was due to three brand new players taking over for a couple of returning varsity players that were unable to compete," Oetinger said. "On top of that we had one team member that was forced to withdraw due to an asthma attack."
Oetinger said the missing players provided tournament playing time for many of his new players who are quickly developing their games.
Juniors Jessica Rudd and Kelsi Stieler were the stand out players during the two-week period.
Rudd won two of the last three tournaments and only lost by one point to Bullard's number one player.
Stieler finished second in two of the tournaments and third in the other.
"Both ladies are playing some good golf right now and are on track to do well in the post season," Oetinger said. "Jessica and Kelsi are pushing each other to excel every time they go on a golf course."
In one match, Rudd shot 39 and Stieler had a 40.
"They are always right around one to two strokes from each other," Oetinger said. "These two girls are so motivated to do well they often play on weekends as well. Some of our other players are starting to catch the spirit and play on their own time as well. Jordan Ahrens shot her best round last weekend and broke 100 for the first time. She continues to improve and is excited about getting better."
The rest of the season will be dedicated to league matches on Wednesdays.
The team is the favorite to win the North Sequoia League championship, a feat the Badgers have accomplished for the past eight consecutive years