The seniors on Brentwood’s Heritage High School golf team headed into the Bay Valley Athletic League (BVAL) tournament having never been defeated by a league opponent. They were 40-0 in regular league matches and 3-0 in the BVAL tournament.
The Patriots continued that trend again on Monday, and did so in grand style. Playing at Deer Ridge Golf Club, Heritage posted a 379, the lowest tournament score in school history.
“We were playing on our home course,” coach Dave Fogelstrom said. “And it really showed.”
Heritage was paced by Matthew Tan, who shot a 69 to lead all players. Carson Borrelli, who contributed to all 44 of his team’s league wins over the last four years, shot a 73. Jonathon Hydorn shot a 74, Arman Bajwa fired a 77, and Drake Sparling shot an 86 to round out the kept scores.
Showing off the Heritage depth, Chris Azevedo fired an 87, which was dropped. That score would have been kept by any other team, and with the exception of runner-up Freedom High School, would’ve been a top-three score for any other team in the tournament.
“Coming in, we knew this was going to be one of our best teams,” Fogelstrom said. “A 379 will put us in the top half of NCS. Our goal has been to improve every year. In the past, we’ve been in the bottom third. But if we can duplicate that score, that will definitely put us in.”
After Heritage came Freedom (424), followed by Deer Valley High (442), Liberty (456), Antioch (470), and Pittsburg (682).
The Patriots are the only BVAL team to advance in the postseason. But the North Coast Section (NCS) Qualifier also takes the four best scores of players from non-qualified teams.
The best of those belonged to Deer Valley’s Kaylon Hoang. His 72 was behind only Tan for the best score of the tournament. It also clinched him the league MVP, which Hoang narrowly won over Borrelli. Joining Hoang at the NCS Qualifier will be Freedom’s Jacob Waller, who shot a 78, as well as Deer Valley’s Kael Hoang and Antioch’s Will Park, who both shot 79s.
Those players will tee it up at the NCS Qualifier on May 6 at San Rafael’s Peacock Gap. The Patriots, meanwhile, have earned a bye into the NCS tournament, which will take place on May 13 at San Leandro’s Monarch Bay Golf Club.