Tiger golfers share West Yosemite League title with Redwood; Kinder fires a low 35 for win

By Ed Martin, Editor
Members of the WYL co-champs following Thursday's league match.
Members of the WYL co-champs following Thursday's league match.

Led by impressive performances from Dani Kinder and Jayda Olaes, Lemoore’s varsity girls’ golf team captured the West Yosemite League golf title in a hotly contested Thursday match at the Valley Oaks Golf Course in Visalia. The Tigers were forced to share the championship with Redwood.

“It was a great team effort anchored by our two seniors who went out and shot a 35 (Kinder) and 40 (Olaes),” said Tiger Coach Kevin Roberts. “I am very proud of these girls and all they have accomplished so far this season. I feel we are peaking at the right time and look forward to seeing what they can do as a team in the post-season.”

But once again it was Kinder who led the charge with her 35, the lowest round of the season for the talented senior golfer. Kinder was indeed impressive, parring eight of the first nine holes before coming up with a birdie on No. 9.

“It was definitely a sigh of relief to have played so well,” said Kinder. “I struggled on Monday at Kings with a 44 and lost some confidence, so I knew I had to put up a good round to give us a shot at the title. I made about a 4-foot birdie putt on No. 9 and eight pars on the day. I’m just happy I was able to perform for my team and pull out a win.”

Redwood High School, led by Sara Hensley, shared the co-championship with Lemoore. Hensley fired a 44 on the 9-hole course to help her team keep pace with the Tigers. Third place went to Golden west while Mt. Whitney took fourth overall.

Kinder and the others are looking forward to more team play. “League has been something we’ve had our eyes on all season and to be able to have a little breathing room next week knowing we have already qualified for area is a great feeling. Now we’re just focusing on that ring.”

In other scores turned in by Tigers, Aiyana Barrios had an impressive 47 while Lauren black checked in with a 56. Maddie Alvarez had a 53 and Jennifer Alaniz shot a 58.

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