Cardinal Newman, Montgomery Tie For NBL Boys Golf Title

Posted By Press Democrat Staff Writer Michael Coit:

Empire golfing power Cardinal Newman faces its toughest challenge in four years when the North Bay League’s best tee off in the league finals Monday.
Winners of four straight NBL titles, Cardinal Newman is tied with Montgomery after the Vikings ended the Cardinals 59 match winning streak in league play. Monday’s winner secures the league’s automatic berth in the North Coast Section Tournament of Champions.
Also competing Monday at Windsor Golf Club — tee time 12 p.m. — are the Maria Carrillo and Ukiah teams in a bid to gain invitations to the NCS Qualifier. The top players for Rancho Cotate and Santa Rosa also will play in hopes enough league teams reach the postseason that their low scorers will make the cut for individual entries to the section qualifier.
Cardinal Newman and Montgomery will receive league champion banners. But gaining a berth in the Tournament of Champions is important because getting there out of the NCS Qualifier always is difficult.
”You have to get in, but then you have to have a good day. It will be tough to get out of there. The East and South bay teams are dynamite,” said Cardinal Newman co-coach Mike Jonas.
While both the Cardinals and Vikings have been clearly best, Maria Carrillo has improved and Ukiah has another strong squad.
“The golf this season has been great, back and forth,” Jonas said.
Leading Montgomery are Nick Rogers and Jeff Johnson. Cardinal Newman has All-Empire golfers Tony Bolander and Nate LeBlanc back. Another All-Empire returner is Rancho Cotate ace Stephen Bird.
Maria Carrillo is led by Ryder DeSalvo, Ukiah has All-Empire golfer Dominic Brutocao back, and Jason Toreson is the low scorer for Santa Rosa.
Monday’s final features 32 players. The top four individuals not on the team receiving the league’s automatic bid also qualify. The selection order moves down as more NBL teams are invited to the section qualifier.

NBL Golf Finals
Windsor Golf Club
Monday, 12 p.m.

NBL Boys Golf Standings
Cardinal Newman 13-1
Montgomery 13-1
Maria Carrillo 10-4
Ukiah 8-6
Rancho Cotate 6-8
Santa Rosa 4-10
Elsie Allen 1-13
Piner 1-13