The Yosemite High School golf team made it 2 for 2 in North Sequoia League tournaments on Wednesday March 14 at Lemoore Golf Course.
The team is looking for it’s seventh consecutive league championship this season, a title the school has won 11 times in the past 12 years.
The Badgers scored 152 Stableford points to win over second place Kerman’s 141. Chowchilla came in third with 135, Liberty fourth with Liberty 134, Sierra had 76 and Washington Union scored 74 points.
The day started out rainy and windy but that did not bother Chowchilla’s Jack Wright who shot one under par to score a season high for the league with 47 points.
Jarrod Weldon had 42 points for second, Samuel Roberts of Kerman came in third with 39 and Michael Stieler and Josh Barba of YHS came in fourth with 33 points.
Stieler and Wright are expected to challenge each other for the league MVP.
The sun popped out half way through the round and everyone was able to complete their round under verily good conditions. Other Badger golfers that participated were Dylan Allen and Ryan Lopez with 29 points, Koa Estela 27 points and Steve Kurz, who tied for 13th out 35 players, had 26 points.
On Thursday March 16, the Badgers traveled to Kings River Country Club and played the Kingsburg High School Vikings. Yosemite shot a 225 with Michael Stieler earning medal honors with a 39. Michael was pretty impressive by chipping up and one putting for six saves of par in-a-row. Scores were generally higher than normal due to tough pin placements and a tight golf course with lots of trees and well placed sand traps.
Dylan Allen and Josh Barba shot 44, Ryan Lopez and Koa Estela scored 49, and Steve Kurz had a 53. Yosemite won all six matches with Kingsburg shooting 306. The previous week, YHS had shot a 206 at Riverside in Fresno, losing to Bullard by 4 strokes, and a 208 at the first NSL which resulted in 172 Stableford points.
According to Coach Reg Turner, the scores below 210 make the Badgers very competitive in the D-II playoffs.
“Unfortunately, the 225 shows our inconsistency,” Turner said. “The good news is, it’s early in the season. We have until May to put it all together.”
Yosemite hosted the third NSL tournament yesterday. Results will be reported next week.