Girls golf: Curry, Catarozoli win medalist honors

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Santa Rosa High’s Kara Curry and Petaluma’s Sarah Jane Catarozoli took home medalist honors in the North Bay League and Sonoma County League tournaments on Monday.

Curry shot 81 at Bennett Valley to take first place in the NBL event, while in the SCL tournament Catarozoli needed 77 strokes to make it around the Oakmont

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East course.

Both are among Redwood Empire individuals and teams moving on to next Monday’s North Coast Section division I qualifier at Lone Tree in Antioch or the Division II championship at Blue Rock Springs in Vallejo.

On Monday, Curry started her round with two birdies and a par.

However, she ran into trouble on the back nine with a double bogey at No. 13 and a quadruple bogey at No. 14.

“Overall, I played pretty good,” she said. “It would be great if I could play those blow-up holes over again.”

Curry finished the day with three birdies on the par-72 course.

Maria Carrillo’s Morgan Olhizer was the runner-up with an 86 and she also advances to the Division I qualifier.

“I played all right,” she said. “I drove the ball pretty well but had my problems putting. The greens were slow and I couldn’t make the adjustment. I had a lot of trouble making putts.”

The other individual qualifier advancing from the NBL is Windsor’s Ashley Llamas. She finished fourth with a 95.

Cassidy Shutz (94) finished third on Monday and she will be part of the Ukiah team that will play in the qualifier.

Cardinal Newman didn’t need to compete in the local tournament. The Cardinals got an automatic invitation to the postseason after finishing league play with a perfect record.

At Oakmont East (par 63), Catarozoli parred six holes en route to taking medalist honors.

“The best part of my round was from 100 yards on in,” the sophomore said. “I was happy with my short irons.”

The next two spots went to Analy golfers. Hailey Windsor checked in with a 79, three strokes better than Madison Beckett.

Analy won the team title with 457 strokes and Healdsburg was next at 489.

Analy moves on to the Tournament of Champions Nov. 3 at Tilden Park (Berkeley) while Healdsburg will accept an invitation to the NCS qualifier at Lone Tree.

In addition to Catarozoli, the other individual golfers representing the SCL will be Petaluma’s Tara Thomas and Piner’s Sierra Sanchez. Both shot 97 on Monday.