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El Mo edges Dragons for SCL title, NCS next; netters start league singles, doubles

Taking aim at defending its Sonoma County League tournament title, while trying to claim the overall SCL crown, the Sonoma Valley High School boys’ golf team came up short of achieving its goals.

Monday’s SCL championship tournament at the Windsor Golf Club turned into a two-team battle, with the second-place Dragons trying to overtake first-place El Molino, which entered the league-ending tourney as the dual-match season winner. El Mo’s only dual loss came at the hands of the Dragons in the season opener.

But the Sonoma golfers couldn’t catch the Lions, who had the top three individual finishers in winning the tourney and capturing their first SCL title in 37 years. This earned them an automatic berth for the North Coast Section Tournament of Champions taking place Monday, May 12, at Peacock Gap in San Rafael.

With their SCL runner-up finish, the Dragons will compete in the NCS Division-1 qualifier Monday, May 5, at the Diablo Creek Golf Course in Walnut Creek.

Following champion El Molino’s winning 18-hole score of 403 in the final SCL tournament team standings were Sonoma’s 430, Analy’s 471, Healdsburg’s 474, Petaluma’s 490, and Piner’s 523.

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