Avena wins golf tournament

April 8, 2014 

The Yosemite High School's golf team won their straight North Sequoia League tournament April 2 at Lemoore Golf Course. Washington Union hosted the event which had three Badgers shooting 39 for nine holes.

Ben Avena is credited as being the tournament medalist with three birdies and the most points (42) under the Stableford scoring format. Kevin Lauterbach continued his steady play with 40 points and is in a strong position to three-peat as the league's Most Valuable Player.

Ryan Emerick had 39 points and came in a strong third. Eddie Nixon and Spencer Uzzell tied for fifth behind Chowchilla's John Cook.

With 189 team points, the Badgers finished well ahead of second place Kerman by 65 points. Chowchilla came in third, a point behind Kerman.

"It is no big surprise that Ben won the tournament," said Coach Reg Turner. "He came in second in the league championship tournament last year and is working very hard on his short game and approach shots. It is nice to see that effort rewarded."

The Badgers have a busy April ahead of them. With the North Sequoia League tournament scheduled for April 22 at Pheasant Run Country Club in Chowchilla, Yosemite still has three league tournaments as well as four 18-hole matches scheduled.

Turner feels the team is starting to play well and with the tough schedule should be ready for post season play in May.

The team hosts Bullard and Fresno Christian at 1p.m. today (Thursday) at home (Sierra Meadows Country Club). Kingsburg comes to Sierra Meadows for a 2 p.m. match on April 17.

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