The Dougherty Valley High girls golf team, led by individual co-medalist Belinda Hu, earned its first North Coast Section Division I Tournament of Champions title Monday at Peacock Gap Golf Club in San Rafael.

The Wildcats, who had a five-player team score of 390, also secured their program's first berth to the CIF Northern California championships Nov. 4 at Spring Creek Golf and Country Club in Ripon.

"The girls did really, really well," Dougherty Valley co-coach Mike Cowan said. "It was a banner year."

Only the top three teams advanced to the Northern California championships. Amador Valley finished second at 398, and Mission San Jose, at 403, grabbed the final spot.

Dublin barely missed advancing, taking fourth at 404, with its best-ever score and finish at NCS.

Hu and Amador Valley's Kimberly Liu shot 3-under 68s to share the medalist spot.

Four additional individuals not on the top three teams also qualified for NorCals -- Elizabeth Schultz of Acalanes, Kathleen Scavo of Justin-Siena-Napa, Taylor Robles of Granada, and East Bay Athletic League medalist Sabby Virtusio of Carondelet.

Schultz, and Scavo finished tied for third at 70. Virtusio and Robles nabbed the final two spots out of a three-player playoff after shooting 72s.

Hu, a freshman, was also the Diablo Foothill Athletic League medalist, leading the Wildcats to their first league team crown. The Wildcats are co-coached by Cowan, a longtime local teaching pro, and his daughter Micalann, a former Amador Valley star.


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Dougherty Valley's Yoonhee Kim shot a 75 and Siobban Sher, the team's most improved player, also broke 80 with a 79. Mission San Jose, which won its first NCS Tournament of Champions title in 2012, was paced by Meridith Hirsch's 74.

Amador Valley got a boost from Kayli Lujan, who shot 79.

Heritage star Megan Conder, the three-time Bay Valley Athletic League champion, shot a 75 and missed advancing

Dublin coach Chris Meredith was thrilled with his team's emerging team's efforts, even though the players walked away disappointed. The Gaels, who finished sixth at NCS in the previous two seasons, were led this time by Sophia Hui, who shot 75, Aileen Jeong, 76, and Jessica Jeong, 77.

"You can't play defense in golf," Meredith said. "The only thing you can do is go out there and try to play well, and our girls did it."