Badgers golf dominates Clovis East

Yosemite High School golf Coach Reg Turner, returning for his fifth season, feels very optimistic about the team winning its fourth straight North Sequoia League championship even after graduating five very good golfers last year.

“We have two outstanding players returning from that team,” Turner said. “Ryan Emerick, a senior, came in second in league last year, and sophomore Spencer Uzzell. Both have improved their game and are solid contenders for league MVP honors this season.”

Turner said Emerick is making golf look pretty early in the season.

“His ball striking is as consistent as he has ever been,” Turner said. “He is off to a great start this year and has earned the title of team captain.”

Turner says he doesn’t always name a captain but feels Emerick deserves the title because he is a great role model for the team.

“Spencer has had some under par rounds this past year which increases positive expectations for him,” Turner said. “Both Spencer and Ryan give the Badgers a solid foundation for success this year.”

Also returning from last year’s team are juniors Tanner Meeks, Connor MacMacan, and Tyler Wallace. Although playing limited roles last year, all have some tournament experience and should create a competitive spirit on the team. According to Turner, Meeks’ ball striking is very impressive

“He (Meeks) has the kind of potential to be the best player on the team,” Turner said.

Another hard worker, Tyler Wallace appears ready to consistently break through to the lower 40s.

The Badgers have three freshmen who will also vie for the travel team which will consist of six players each week.

“Connor Wallace, Ryan Lopez, and Michael Stieler are the kind of young golfers that a coach can get very excited about,” Turner said.

Lopez and Stieler will probably earn playing time this year. Wallace has already established himself as the number three man on the team.

“Connor isn’t satisfied with that ... he wants to be number one,” Turner said. “The interesting thing is Connor has the short game (chipping and putting) to actually provide some strong competition within the team with Emerick, and Uzzell. We have eight good golfers playing for six spots. It should be a very competitive and exciting year for the Yosemite Badgers.”

Team beats Clovis West

The team teed off the 2015 season with an impressive win against Clovis East at Belmont Country Club on Feb. 27.

Emerick led all scorers with a 38. Uzzell was second with a 40, and Wallace came in third by carding a 42. The low score for Clovis East was 43.

The team played Liberty March 18. The first home match (Sierra Meadows Golf Course) is against Fresno Christian High School at 3 p.m., April 9.

Senior Project

Yosemite High hosted a fundraising tournament March 2 at Sierra Meadows, with proceeds being used to purchase golf bags for the team.

Yosemite team member Ryan Emerick coordinated the tournament for his Senior Project. Twenty-two two-man teams from Madera, Madera South, Chowchilla, Dos Palos, Dinuba, Kerman and Yosemite High Schools participated in the tournament that raised $1,350.

Emerick and Lopez won the tournament. Teams from Madera High School and Madera South came in second and third respectively. Badger teammates and brothers, Tyler and Connor Wallace came in fourth. Fellow Badgers Meeks and Uzzell finished fifth. The tournament scored as a “Modified Stableford” format designed by YHS girls golf coach Rusty Oetinger. again.

Sponsors were Sierra Tel, Yosemite Mortgage, Jamison & Chappel, Idea Print, and Foster & Parker Insurance.

- Yosemite High Correspondent