Marin briefs: Marin Academy boys golf team wins another section title
By Marin Independent Journal
Coming off a disappointing runner-up finish at the Bay Counties League West tournament last week, the Marin Academy boys golf team was able to bounce back on Monday.
Led by medalist Will Bednarz’s 1-over-par 72, the Wildcats shot 299 to win the North Coast Section Division II championship tournament by 17 strokes on the west course at Blue Rock Springs Golf Club.
It was MA’s third NCS D-II title in the past four years. The only year the Wildcats didn’t win it was last year when they petitioned to play up in D-I.
“They weren’t going to let anybody beat them today,” MA coach John Haight said. “They shot lights out. It was windy and cool. It wasn’t an easy course, but they did a great job.”
Bednarz finished in a tie with Stuart Hall’s Gianaluca Mori, but claimed medalist honors when he won on the first playoff hole to earn one of the eight spots for next Monday’s NCS D-I Tournament of Champions event at San Leandro’s Monarch Bay Golf Course.
Bednarz and teammate Seiichiro Nakai (74) both qualified for next week. Connor Scannell (75) lost on the first playoff hole for a chance to join the duo. Also for MA Gabe Fisher shot 78 and Matt Kingsley and Lane Stervnou shot 89s.
Max Morris had a 76 for Drake (323) and Brady McCallister led Marin Catholic (326) with a 78. San Rafael’s Ryan Muirhead shot 80 and San Marin’s Daniel Cooper had an 82.
Bishop O’Dowd and Stuart Hall both shot 316, but Bishop edged Stuart Hall for second place on a card off.
BRIGGS ON TO TOCS
Antioch >> Novato High golfer Robert Briggs shot an even-par 72 at Lone Tree Golf Course to finish as the top qualifier at the North Coast Section Division I qualifier.
He and Tam’s Riley Kuffner (82) were among the nine individuals to earn berths for next Monday’s NCS TOC event at Monarch Bay Golf Course.
Redwood (435) or Tam (458) didn’t finish in the top 12 to advance to the TOC as a team.
De La Salle (385) finished in first place.
Nick Laub (83), Matt Cinelli (84) and Yoshio Boris (85) were the Giants’ top finishers.
For Tam, Kuffner, Quinn Civik (90) and Asher Wenig (90) led the way.
MUSTER TO BE HONORED
Robert Muster, a former physical education teacher and football coach at San Rafael High, is being inducted into the school’s Hall of Honor in a ceremony at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
Muster coached the varsity football team from 1958 until retiring in 1989, the longest-tenured football coach in the school’s history.
The Bulldogs picked up 155 wins and seven MCAL titles during his tenure.
San Rafael teachers Robert Carrasco and Marie Goff-Tuttle will also be inducted into the Hall of Honor on Thursday.
NASO LIFTS TEAM TO TITLE
Redwood High grad Jamie Naso, who also competed for the Marin Rowing Association, helped the Bates College rowing team’s men’s varsity eight boat take first place at the New England Rowing Championships for the first time in school history.
Bates won the race in a time of 6 minutes, 10.564 seconds on Saturday in Worchester, Mass., beating second-place Trinity College by almost two seconds.
Vallejo >> Dominican University men’s golfer Ty Macias shot a 2-under 70 to put him in a tie for first place after the first round of the NCAA Division II west/south central regional at Hiddenbrooke Golf Club.
The freshman was tied with Cal State East Bay’s Adam Stone as the only players to shoot under par. As a team Dominican sits in a three-way tie for sixth place.
Also for the Penguins, Forbes Collins II shot 76 (tie for 30th) and Pomi Milton and Drew Nelson had 79s to finish in a tie for 57th.