Tigers, Vikings capture league championships; Cardinals, Dragons win league tournaments

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Santa Rosa HIgh's Aaron Walker hits the ball during the North Bay League championship tournament at Rooster Run Golf Club on Monday, April 29, 2013 in Petaluma, California.

Santa Rosa High’s Aaron Walker hits the ball during the North Bay League championship tournament at Rooster Run Golf Club on Monday, April 29, 2013 in Petaluma. (By BETH SCHLANKER, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT)

In a pair of surprises Monday, Cardinal Newman won the North Bay League Tournament while Sonoma Valley prevailed in the Sonoma County League Tournament.

The outcomes were unexpected because both teams finished third in the regular-season standings.

Cardinal Newman’s five-man team shot 416 over the Rooster Run course in Petaluma to defeat runner-up Ukiah by eight strokes. Over at Oakmont West, Sonoma came in with a 411 to defeat Analy by six.

As for individual scores, Analy’s Clayton Farris took medalist honors with a 74 while Blake Kesler of Ukiah came in with a 76 and was rewarded with the NBL top prize. Par is 72 at both courses.

Farris and Kesler each prevailed in tiebreakers. Farris finished his round even with teammate Max Ringrose and won a one-hole playoff. Kesler was tied with Santa Rosa’s Aaron Walker after 18 holes and was awarded the trophy by virtue of a tiebreaker formula.

Farris, who finished second in the SCL Tournament last year, holed a six-foot putt to win the playoff. Moments earlier, freshman Ringrose had missed a longer putt for par.

“It broke slightly to the left,” Farris, a senior, said of his winning putt. “I hit it like I wanted to and it went straight in.

“After finishing second last year, this feels great.”

Farris got off to a shaky start with a bogey and then a double bogey.

“I got a par on the third hole and that settled my nerves,” he said. “I finished with three birdies on the day.”

Next up for Farris and his teammates is the Tournament of Champions on May 13 at Rooster Run.

The Tigers finished the regular season tied with El Molino and advanced by finishing second on Monday. El Molino wound up fourth.

El Molino will petition for an at-large invitation to the NCS Division 2 playoffs which takes place at Rooster Run next Monday.

In the NBL Tournament, Montgomery, the regular season champ, finished third. The Vikings competed without No. 1 player Nick Rogers. He was at Fountaingrove where he qualified for the California State Amateur. Montgomery had already locked up an invitation to the Tournament of Champions by winning league.

Members of the winning Newman team included: Brandon Bone (78), Scott Mitchell (79), Seth Doolittle (81), Kevin Parry (88) and Nick Justice (90).

Newman is hoping for an invite to the Division 1 Qualifier which takes place next Monday at Deer Ridge Golf Club in Brentwood.

Golfers on the winning Sonoma team were: Christian Bullard (77), Dario Minatta (81), Cyle Gusse (81), Craig Gusse (84) and Justin Crockett (86).

“This was our best score of the season,” Dragons coach Ian Albrecht said.

“It took us most of the year to gel, but it was good to finally put it all together. We lost four matches in the regular season, most by close scores.”

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