The best golfers of the Bay Valley Athletic League (BVAL) were at Monarch Bay in San Leandro on Monday, May 13, competing in the North Coast Section (NCS) Championship Tournament.
While they performed well, the season came to an end for everyone involved.
Brentwood’s Heritage High School was the lone BVAL team at the NCS tournament. The quintet of Jonathon Hydorn, Arman Bajwa, Carson Borrelli, Chris Azevedo and Drake Sparling all broke 90, and gave the Patriots a score of 410.
The 410 was good enough for 12th place out of the 21 teams. But only three teams advanced to the NorCal Championship Tournament. De La Salle came in first place with a 364, Amador Valley was the runner-up at 378, while Foothill came in third at 382.
In addition to the team competition, all of the Patriots, as well as Deer Valley’s Kael Hoang and Freedom’s Jacob Waller were in the running to advance as individuals. The four top individuals from nonqualified teams also advanced to the NorCal Championship Tournament.
Unfortunately for the league golfers, the top four was also a very difficult group to crack.
Vintage’s Jacob Aaron led the way with a 70, while Baron Szeto from Campolindo and Mason Stenberg from Las Lomas earned the next two spots, with each shooting a 71. Redwood Christian’s Moses Greene and Dougherty Valley’s Jacob Ponce both shot a 72 to tie for the fourth and final spot. Green eventually won that spot in a tiebreaker.
Hydorn’s 78 was the best individual score among not only his team, but all BVAL individual players at Monarch Bay. Teammates Bajwa and Borrelli finished just behind him, recording a 79 and 80, respectively. Rounding out the Patriots were Azevedo, who shot an 84, and Sparling, who carded an 89. Matthew Tan added a 94, which was dropped from the team scoring. Hoang shot an 80 while Waller, who was the individual runner-up at the previous week’s NCS qualifier, came in with an 86.