Kevin Lauterbach had good days on the golf course last week, He led his Yosemite High Badgers to their third straight North Sequoia League championship last on April 30 at Sierra Meadows and then on May 5, won the North Area Championship held at Riverside Golf Course in Fresno.
For his season-long efforts, Lauterbach was named the MVP of the NSL for the third consecutive year, and teammate Ryan Emerick, a junior, come in second to behind Lauterbach for the third year in a row.
Senior Ben Avena came in third in league and freshman Spencer Uzzell was fourth. Seniors Matt Moneymaker and Eddie Nixon rounded out a strong team for Yosemite.
Lauterbach's 71 was the only subpar round out of 58 golfers representing the Clovis, Fresno, Madera area. Kyle Stewart of Clovis North shot 72 and Sean Duckering of Buchanan had a 74. James Trevino and Trent Nishimura, both of Clovis West, and Conner Chunlantseff of San Joaquin Memorial, were the only other players to shoot 75 or better.
Clovis West won the D-I championship with a 386 and Clovis North came in second with a 395.
Central High School shot a 397 to win the D-II title over Yosemite's 431. Other D-II top finishers were Michael Cliff (76) of Fresno Christian and Logan O'Malley (76) of Central.
Lauterbach had three birdies and two bogies to post his 71 on what proved to be a stingy course for scores on a windy day.
Coach Reg Turner said it was no surprise Lauterbach won the North Area Championship.
"It's been his goal and he has been improving his game all season long for this tournament," Turner said. "After all, he had shot 69 at San Joaquin Country Club two weeks ago in the Len Ross Tournament. The 69 was the low score of the day which helped him to finish in the top 10 of that tournament."
Lauterbach's finish the "Area" tournament, qualifies him for the CIF Individual Championship to be held at River Bend Golf Course in Fresno on May 20.
Coach Reg Turner said the goal was to break the 400 point barrier, Central High School did, Yosemite did not.The Mountain Area was well represented by four junior golfers at the 67th Len Ross Jr. Golf Tournament April 14-17 in Fresno.
Competing in the tournament from Oakhurst were Ryan Emerick, Eddie Nixon, Spencer Uzzell, Kevin Lauterbach, Jessica Rudd, and Claire Oetinger.
After the first two days of the tournament, which were played at Fig Garden and Riverside Golf Courses, there was a cut and Uzzell, Lauterbach, Rudd, and Oetinger made it to the third day of play.
At the end of play at Airways April 16, they all made it to the final day which was hosted by San Joaquin Country Club.
At SJCC, Lauterbach had an outstanding final round, shooting 69. He finished the tournament tied for ninth. Uzzell tied for 30th and Rudd finished in 13th in her division. Oetinger finished fifth in her division and was awarded the Girls Sportsmanship Award. This is a big honor, because one girl and boy is chosen from the entire field of girls and boys.
Claire was awarded the honor, because she called a penalty on herself while taking a 13 on one hole. Despite taking the 13 she had a good attitude about the entire situation. She was playing well up to that point and continued to do so after taking the 13.