Kevin Lauterbach played in one United States Golf Association sponsored youth tournament after another last summer and that experience is starting reap positive benefits for him and the Yosemite High School golf team.
Lauterbach has won the first two North Sequoia Lleague tournaments. On March 12, Kerman hosted the first NSL tournament at Madera Muni. Lauterbach led all 36 golfers with an even par performance that netted him 45 Stableford points.
Nate Roberts and Robert Parra of Kerman had 39 points and Ben Avena 37 points for the Badgers. YHS led the scoring with 180 points. Kerman came in second with 167 and Chowchilla was third with 132.
Lauterbach, in the second NSL tournament, hosted by Liberty High School on March 19, bested his first tournament score by going 2-under par for 49 points. Nate Roberts of Kerman was second again with 48 points, John Cook of Chowchilla had 41, and Ryan Emerick of YHS came in fourth with 39. The Badgers duplicated their team effort of the previous week by scoring 180 points. Kerman had 165 and Liberty came in third with 160.
"It is nice to see Kevin hitting on all cylinders," said Coach Reg Turner. "He is a special player and he is starting to put it all together at the right time."
The Badgers, as a team, are slightly behind the pace of their CIF tournament team of a year ago. Last season Yosemite averaged 203 strokes per nine holes. This year the top five are averaging 208.
"We feel like we're just warming up," Turner said. "I think we will get there. We have a nucleus of players like Kevin, Ben, and Ryan, as well as Eddie Nixon, Spencer Uzzell, Austin Bain, and Matt Moneymaker who all are putting in a lot of time and practice."
The Badgers played at Pheasant Run in Chowchilla on Wednesday, and will be at Washington Union April 2.