By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
PETALUMA — Maria Carrillo’s Alyssa Chandler shot a personal-best 82 to take top medalist honors at the North Bay League Golf Tournament on Monday at Rooster Run Golf Course.
Chandler had an inkling it was going to be a special day when she birdied the first hole. Later in the round, she also birdied No. 13 and No. 16.
“I’m so excited,” Chandler, a Pumas senior, said. “I started off playing well, and that gave me a confidence boost. This was the best I’ve ever played. I was hitting my driver long and I sank a couple of long putts.”
Chandler recorded a 42 on the front nine and finished the back nine with a 40 on the 18-hole, 5,139-yard course. Par was 70.
A Maria Carrillo golfer figured to take medalist honors, but it was surprising that it turned out to be Chandler.
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Hailey Begert-Hellings captured the postseason tournament last year as a junior and was expected to repeat. However, she wound up with an 85, which turned out to be second-best score of the day.
“I thought she’d shoot in the 70s,” coach Jerry Deakins said. “She just never got going.”
Begert-Hellings shot a 79 while winning last year’s NBL Tournament at Bennett Valley.
“This was one of the worst rounds I’ve shot in a long time,” the senior said. “My drives weren’t good and most of my chip shots were short. Those two things add up to a lot of bogeys.”
Begert-Hellings, the reigning All-Empire player of the year, finished with a 43-42.
Hailey Komrij of Montgomery posted an 89 which was the third lowest score of the day.
Komrij qualified for the North Coast Section Division I qualifier, which is next Monday at Diablo Creek Golf Course in Concord. Moving on to the NCS Division II Tournament are Casa Grande’s Emily Hulsman and Cardinal Newman’s Megan McConnell. Hulsman shot a 90 on Monday and McConnell latter finished with a 94.
The Maria Carrillo players were playing for individual honors. The school had already clinched a spot at the NCS Division I Tournament by finishing atop the league standings for the sixth year in a row. That will be held on Oct. 28 at Peacock Gap in San Rafael.
One stroke decided the league tournament championship Monday at Oakmont East. Analy finished with a 487, just ahead of Healdsburg’s 488.
The Tigers win the SCL outright title because they beat regular-season champion Healdsburg head-to-head. Analy will represent the league at the NCS Division I tournament while Healdsburg might still receive an invitation to the Division II finals.
Petaluma’s Sarah Jane Catarozoli took medalist honors with an 84. She was followed by Analy’s Madison Beckett (87), Healdsburg’s Amanda Pruitt (91) and Petaluma’s Ivy Lee Senn (93). Par is 63. All four golfers will compete in tournaments next Monday.