Both the Sonoma Valley High School boys’ golf and tennis teams battled longtime Sonoma County League rival Petaluma on Tuesday and racked up a home win and road loss, respectively.
For his third straight SCL match, junior Christian Ballard showed why he is a returning all-leaguer and North Coast Section qualifier by achieveing medalist honors in his third consecutive match, keying the Dragons to a 234-260 clubbing of Petaluma in both their home and regular-season finale at the Sonoma Golf Club.
Following a prematch honoring of the six Dragon seniors – Tom Aubin, Dario Minatta, Dante Monterosso, Nick Narlock, Riley Rohrbacher and Bailey Woodworth – Ballard shot a match-low, nine-hole round of 43 in leading Sonoma past the visiting Trojans.
Also leading the Dragons were junior Brett Sullivan’s 44; junior Cyle Gusse’s 45; and seniors Monterosso and Minatta's 51 each.
The Sonoma golfers, coached by Grant Dobson and Pat Armitage, finish the dual-match season in second place and will take their final shot of overtaking first-place El Molino at Monday's SCL championship tournament in Windsor.