To paraphrase Kenny Rogers: Don’t count your numbers until the round is done. Archie Williams’ Ryan Magnusson wasn’t worried about her scorecard until she finished all 18 holes, at which point she felt confident in her standing.
Magnusson finished with a 2-over-par 74 at Rooster Run Golf Course in Petaluma during Monday’s North Coast Section Division II Tournament, easily good enough to keep her postseason run alive.
“I know the atmosphere at this tournament,” Magnusson said. “Really, everyone’s playing their best and everyone’s good. You’ve just got to play your own game and stay in your own head. I was thinking about getting through it. I wasn’t thinking about my score.”
Magnusson finished in a three-way tie for second place, but after the tiebreaker formula was applied, she was awarded fourth place. Magnussen, Emily Knox of Liberty and Lauren Williams of University were each just two shots behind the low medalist, Alyssa Lima of James Logan, who shot an even-par 72.
“I just played the best I could,” Magnusson said. “I had to trust in myself and my swing and that’s how I was able to play well today.”
For the second year in a row, the Branson School golfers are bringing home the second-place pennant from the NCS Division II tournament.
The Bulls (340) were runners-up to Cardinal Newman (321). Miramonte (345) placed third.
Elizabeth Liu shaved a stroke off her score from the 2021 tournament to finish at a 4-over-par 76. She tied with two girls from Cardinal Newman for the fifth-lowest score of the day. The Bulls’ Amy Yang (77) and Anna Han (79) also kept their postseasons alive.
The top 18 individuals advance to Monday’s D-I tournament at Foxtail Golf Course South in Rohnert Park. Redwood already locked up a berth in the tournament after claiming the MCAL crown.
Magnusson and Branson’s Yang, Liu and Han will be heading to the NCS D-I tournament for the second year in a row.
“I made a few mistakes, but there were no big problems,” Yang said. “There was less pressure and not a lot of expectations for the tournament this year. We just wanted to have fun. That’s they way it’s been all season.”
Added Branson’s Phoebe Yates, who shot a 108: “It’s been a really great season. The team team has great chemistry and my teammates make it easy for me.”
The cutoff to advance from the Division II qualifier ended at 10-over 82, tough news for a handful of golfers who narrowly missed the cut, including Marin Catholic’s Lexi Ferguson (84), Marin Academy’s Stephanie Zola (85) and Tam’s Lola Spendov (86).
Marin Academy, in its first season with a girls golf program, has exceeded all expectations. The Wildcats (406) placed seventh among 11 teams at the tournament.
“I’m not sure even we all thought we’d be here at the end of the season,” the Wildcats’ Cameron Colpitts said after she shot a 112. “I’m proud of everyone on our team for all the hard work they’ve been putting in.”
Parker Rothbart (92) was the only Marin Academy player with match competition experience prior to this season. She played on the boys team last season. Sterling Colpitts added a 117 to round out the Wildcats top four Monday.
“I definitely think we’ve improved a lot over the season,” Sterling Colpitts said. “Most of us have never played before this season. It’s been a matter of learning things like saving strokes, not just hitting the ball hard. There’s more strategy to it. Before this season, I didn’t know which clubs to use.”
Marin Catholic saw a possible changing of the guard as freshman Ferguson and senior Cameron Stewart (88) led the Wildcats (396) to a fifth-place finish.
“It’s sad, because this is my last match with Marin Catholic,” Stewart said. “I understand seniors in most sports cry when it’s their last game and it’s all over, but I’m so happy for my time here. I’ll miss my time here, but we always kept it so light and fun, I don’t think I’ll cry. I know we’ll have a good team next year, so I’m really happy for my teammates.”
Ferguson missed the cut by just two strokes, but was hardly let down.
“This was a long, but it was worth it,” she said. “I had a lot of fun.”
Adrianna Livengood (110) and Dani McPherson (114) wrapped up the scoring for Marin Catholic.
Spendov was encouraged be her score, which was nearly enough to qualify her for the NCS Division I tournament.
“I think my score reflects the good parts of my season,” the Tam junior said. “I’ve had some good matches and some not-so-good matches. I’m glad I have another season to improve and do better at the tournament.”
Terra Linda’s Piper Egan (100) came into the tournament as the MCAL’s Spirit of the Game Sportsmanship Award winner for her skills and her dedication to the sport, as well as her display of “integrity, courtesy and consideration” for players.
“The award means a lot, because my friend, someone I really respect, Kianna Briggs (Novato) won the award last year,” Egan said. “And another friend of mine Izzy Gold (TL), who was a senior when I was a freshman, has her name on the trophy. She really means a lot to me.”
Egan, who plays club lacrosse at a field across East Washington Street from Rooster Run, had surprisingly never played golf on the course before this weekend. She might become a regular, though.
“I really liked this course,” Egan said. “The lush grass played to my chipping game and the course played well. … I had a little anxiety, but I knew any score near 100 would be good for this field. The girls are all really talented and it takes a lot to do well. I’m happy with how I did.”
The action started at 8:45 on a cold morning with a shotgun start, but the Petaluma sun quickly heated up the course. It was a long day for the girls, most of whom spent about five hours on the links.
“It was just tiring, and you start to tire out near the end,” said Novato’s Brianna Georgeson (101), who was familiar with Rooster Run. “This was a good day, although I wanted to do better. Like this season, I’ve enjoyed this season being in the spotlight, being the leader on the team.”