LEMOORE - The Kingsburg girls golf team finished in second place at the Central Sequoia League finals tournament on Oct. 16 at Lemoore Golf Course.
Kingsburg finished with a final team score of 200 in the 18-hole tournament. The Vikings finished eight shots behind league champion Immanuel, who scored 208 as a team to earn a first-place finish.
“We had a fun year,” Kingsburg head coach Bill Jensen said. “Everybody on the team should be coming back next year, except for one senior. If they play over the summer, they’ll get better.”
As a team, the Vikings failed to qualify for the CIF Central Section Division II tournament after a stroke score of 534. The qualifying number to advance to the Division II tournament is 525.
Heading into the finals tournament, Kingsburg was in second place in the CSL standings behind Immanuel.
Jensen returned to coach the team after leaving at the conclusion of the 2015 season.
After winning the first CSL tournament of the year on Sept. 6, Jensen said he thought his team had a chance to compete for a league title.
Since then, the Vikings have finished second or third in each tournament, which created a gap between the Vikings and Immanuel.
“If we would’ve come in first today and they came in third, then we would’ve tied them. That’s OK, they’re good. I think we have a real good chance to win next year and coming in second this year is good.”
After Kingsburg won the first tournament of this season, Jensen said the Immanuel Eagles have been the class of the league.
“We have played OK since, but basically Immanuel has played better,” Jensen said. “We haven’t played worse, they just played better, so that’s made a difference.”
Vikings’ No. 1 golfer Morgan Oshlschlaeger finished in third place in the individual standings. The sophomore was the only Kingsburg golfer to medal, which is awarded to the top five players in the final league standings.
Oshlschlaeger fell short of the qualifying number as an individual for the CIF Area tournament. The No. 1 golfer needed a stroke score of 95 to continue her season. She shot a 105.
The sophomore's total score at the CSL finals was 45. Oshlschlaeger’s score was calculated from a modified stableford point system that is used for girls golf in the CSL. A bogey is worth three points, a double bogey is worth two points, a triple bogey is worth one and par is worth five points.
Sammy Collins from Kingsburg placed in the top 10 overall in the CSL shooting a score of 41. Collins was the only senior on the team this season and she had the best stroke score on the team, recording a 103 at the tourney.
Emma Harris, a freshman, had the second best stroke score on the team, carding a 104. Harris' total score at the tournament was a 44.
The Bears finished in sixth place with a team score of 85 points, only being ahead of last place finisher Hanford West with 70 points.
For Bears head Tom Wolfe, he didn’t expect his team to compete this year, but he was glad the girls improved throughout the season.
“All of my girls have made improvement since the beginning of the season,” Wolfe said. “They’re all busy academically so their ability to attend practice regularly has been a challenge.”
“How can you deny the kids' academic success? They’re all high achievers, they have a lot of high GPA’s, they want to play golf because it adds to their resume for college to have a varsity letter. I’m not going to deter them from an academic schedule.”
Wolfe was also the league representative this season and wasn’t surprised of Immanuel’s championship victory.
“I’ve seen Immanuel's [championship] coming,” Wolfe said. “They have four girls that are all seniors this year. They came in as freshmen and they’ve all been practicing and getting private lessons. This day has been coming for them.”