Local golfers get set for North Coast Section championships

Submitted photo – The best golfers in the H-DNL will compete in the NCS Division-2 Championships on Monday.

By Ray Hamill — The best local high school golfers will head to Petaluma on Monday to compete in the North Coast Section Division-2 girls championships.

The action gets under way at 8 a.m. at the Rooster Run Golf Club.

Leading the way for the local contingent will be two-time H-DNL champion Sofie Sundberg, who dominated in league play and won six of the seven rounds of competition.

The McKinleyville senior will be looking to cap a memorable high school career by qualifying for the NCS Division-I championships, which will be held the following week at Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park

The top 18 individuals on Monday will advance to the Division-1 event.

“I think Sofie’s been playing the best all year, as far as her scores, but she’s also been hitting the ball straight and has been able to use her wedges to help her,” Arcata head coach Troy Ghisetti said of the league champ. “Her scores have continued to go down.”

Sundberg is one of 10 H-DNL girls to qualify for the NCS championships, a group that includes five from the league champion Arcata Tigers.

Sagen Sarchett led the way for the Arcata girls in league play and finished second in the season standings.

Sarchett will be joined in Petaluma by teammates Avery Meadows, Iris Coonrod, Madyson Nelson and Morgan Ford.

Experience was key for the Tigers this season, with six of their top seven golfers seniors.

Submitted photo – The Arcata Tigers

“I just thought we had good senior leadership,” Ghisetti said of his team. “And it was pretty much a different girl every week stepping up and leading the team.”

Eureka’s Ileah Brannon and Mia Lopez and St. Bernard’s Hannah Finck and Allyson Hagler also qualified for the NCS championships as the next best four individuals in this year’s H-DNL after Sundberg and the Arcata contingent.

According to Ghisetti, the Rooster Run course is similar to Baywood Golf & Country Club and will favor golfers who can hit the ball straight.

“There are some long par 4s and par 5s for the girls to compete on,” he said. “Those that can hit it straight and are able to control their yardage are going to be fine.”

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