Yosemite golfers make it look easy - NSL title in sight

The Yosemite High School golf team won its fifth North Sequoia League tournament DATE at Eagle Springs in Brighton Crest - and made it look easy.

Sophomore Spencer Uzzell led the team with a 38, which translated into 43 Stableford points, helping the Badgers total 181 points to second place Kerman’s 118.

Liberty, a distant second in the standings to YHS, came in third with 110 points.

“In spite of an unusual four-putt, Spencer shot two over par on what most players feel is the toughest course in the league schedule,’ said Coach Reg Turner. “ He carded two birdies on the day and his effort allowed him to slip by Ryan Emerick for the NSL MVP lead.”

Emerick shot a 43 for 34 points. John Cook, of Chowchilla, posted 37 points for second place, but is still well behind Uzzell and Emerick for the MVP honor.

Cook was the only non-Badger to place in the top seven. Connor and Tyler Wallace both scored 35 points, Ryan Lopez 34, and Tanner Meeks 32.

With only one mini-tournament left, along with the 18-hole League Championship, Yosemite is all but guaranteed to win league - for the seventh time in the past eight years. The Badgers are five for five in the league mini-tournaments and have won all of them by huge margins. All six Badger players mentioned are in the top eight of the MVP standings.

On April 29, the team will travel to Lemoore to play in the League Championship Tournament. The championship tournament is important for several reasons. Individual scores are posted in order for players to qualify to play in the Area Tournament. A player must score 85 or better to qualify.

As league champions, YHS will automatically qualify for “Area” team competition. Other teams may move on if they score lower than 420 for the top five players on their team.

The section is divided into three areas. The North Area Tournament will be held at Riverside Golf Course in Fresno on May 4. One Division II school will qualify from each area to play at Madera Municipal Golf Course for the CIF Championship on May 12.

The top 15 golfers who make it through “Area” will play for the individual CIF Championship on May 19 at Porterville’s River Island Golf Course.

- Yosemite High Correspondent