The Yosemite High boys golf team has opened North Sequoia League play and showed other teams in the league why its the heavy favorite to win the NSL title for the fourth consecutive year.
The Badgers easily won the first two league tournaments - March 11 at Madera Municipal (hosted by Kerman), and March 18, on their home course at Sierra Meadow Country Club in Ahwahnee.
Senior and team captain Ryan Emerick, and sophomore Spencer Uzzell both shot one over par 37s in Madera. Due to the Stableford scoring format, converting scores to points, Emerick, with a birdie, finished one point better earning first place.
“I have been consistently hitting fairways off the tee,” Emmerick said. “This has helped to hit more than 50% of greens on my second and third shots.”
Chowchilla’s John Cook finished third followed by Yosemite freshman Ryan Lopez with a solid 39. Another YHS freshman, Connor Wallace, shot a 42 for sixth place.
The Badgers totaled 189 points, well ahead of second place Liberty with 125. Chowchilla followed with 113, Kerman 112, Washington Union 94, Sierra 93, and Dos Palos 51.
In hosting the second NSL tournament, the Badgers again exhibited its league dominance, winning the event with a team score of 185 points, beating Liberty by 59 points. Kerman placed third with a 126, followed by Sierra (104), Washington Union (97), Chowchilla (97), and Dos Palos (44).
Uzzell broke par with a 35 (three birdies in nine holes) which translated into 47 points for Yosemite. He is averaging 13.5 putts for nine holes played.
According to Coach Reg Turner, this is an incredible start this early in the season, and shows that he is an outstanding putter.
“The average high school golfer averages 17-18 putts per nine holes,” Turner said.
Emerick finished second, and Cook third, thus setting up what should be an interesting three-man race for NSL MVP.
Junior Tanner Meeks of YHS tied for fourth with Jake Sweeney of Liberty.
The Badgers now have all six players in the league’s top 10. Ryan and Spencer are tied for first. Tanner and Connor Wallace are tied for fourth, Ryan Lopez is sixth, and Tyler Wallace is tied for ninth.
“The team has played its best two rounds of the season in league play,” Turner said. “. We have a varsity travel team consisting of one senior, two juniors, one sophomore, and two freshman golfers. It is early but we have a team that appears like they welcome a challenge. This should bode well for us down the road.”
Yosemite played their third NSL tournament yesterday (Wednesday) at Pheasant Run Country Club in Chowchilla, will play in Lemoore against Washington Union April 8, retuning home (Sierra Meadows Golf Course) for a 1 p.m. match against Fresno Christian High School April 9.
- Yosemite High School Correspondent