Badger golfers claim fifth consecutive NSL title

The Yosemite High boys golf team completed a clean sweep of the North Sequoia League by winning the May 4 NSL Championship Tournament at Dragon Fly Golf Club.

The talented Badgers won all six league tournaments this season, capping it off with with its fifth consecutive league title by beating second place Liberty High by 51 strokes.

The Championship is determined by awarding teams points by order of how they finish in a tournament. By winning all tournaments, YHS amassed all 72 first place points. Liberty had 55, Chowchilla 43, Sierra 41, Kerman 37, Washington Union 18, and Dos Palos 13 points.

Uzzell two-time NSL MVP

Yosemite junior Spencer Uzzell, last year’s MVP, was the only golfer to break 80 with a 77. He beat out Liberty’s Jake Sweeney by three strokes and Chowchilla’s freshman Jack Wright, who shot an 83. Yosemite’s Tanner Meeks and Michael Stieler tied for fourth with 84s.

Uzzell, who has only been playing golf for about four years, won every NSL tournament this season and coasted to his second consecutive league MVP honor.

MVP points, like team points, are awarded by the order a player finishes. Spencer attained the most points in every tournament and ended the season with 314 points.

Liberty’s Sweeney had 300 and Wright of Chowchilla was just one point behind with 299. Jared Weldon of Liberty had 272 followed by Daniel Roberts of Kerman with 270.

Yosemite’s Stieler rounded out the top six with 267 points. The scores were higher than expected due to knee-high grass just off the fairways, which tended to gobble up any errant shot. Yosemite shot a 450, Liberty 501, Sierra 516, Chowchilla 542 and Kerman 544.

YHS advanced to the North Area Tournament Held Monday at Pheasant Run in Chowchilla. Uzzell was hoping for a good showing at the 46-man tournament to advance to the May 17 Central Section Individual Tournament in Visalia, and on to the Southern Cal Regional in Pasadena. He missed the cut at North Area, shooting an uncharacteristic 80, placing him 21st in the field.

Ten golfers in the tournament shot below 76, and another 10 had scores between 76 and 79.

The Badger team qualified for the D-II Central Section Tournament Monday in Visalia.

Other notable YHS players year-end league results was Ryan Lopez who finished in eighth with 254 points and Meeks who came in ninth with 246 points.