STOCKTON -- Powered by twin aces Katie and Alex Sborov, the Foothill High girls golf team won its first Northern California championship on Monday at Brookside Country Club.
The Falcons, guided by first-year coach Ashley Kettmann, had a season-best five-player score of 395. Second place went to St. Francis-Sacramento (402).
"I'm really proud of our team," said Alex Sborov, who shot a 1-over 73. "We focused on just having fun today because we knew everyone was going to be nervous."
Katie Sborov made a 35-foot putt on a downhill slider from off the green to earn a 71 -- her first sub-par round in tournament play.
"We just had our birthday yesterday," Alex Sborov said, "and so this is probably the best birthday gift ever."
The top three teams, along with the top nine individuals not on those teams, earned berths into the California Interscholastic Federation state tournament Nov. 13 at Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga.
Mission San Jose, the North Coast Section Division I team champion, and Justin-Siena-Napa each had team scores of 404. But Mission San Jose earned the final spot to the state tournament, as the score for the Warriors' sixth player was better than that of Justin-Siena. It's the second straight year the Warriors have advanced to the state tournament.
Mission's Emily Gosti and Amy Huang both shot 86s to finish tied for fifth-best on the squad. A key was Renee Yen's stepping up with an 81.
"I thought as a team we did a good job as usual," Mission coach Jason Cain said. "It came down to the bottom players stepping up and really performing well."
St. Francis-Mountain View star Nancy Xu and Justin-Siena's Kathleen Scavo shot 67s to finish as co-medalists. But Xu won a playoff with a birdie on the 10th hole to take top honors.
Amador Valley junior Kimberly Liu, the East Bay Athletic League champion, finished third as an individual with a 68.
For Foothill, it was a landmark day. Winky Wong provided a boost with an 82, as did Lulu Huang (84) and Ashna Jasuja (85).
Also advancing as individuals were Paige Lee of Granite Bay, who shot a 69; Sara Scarlett of Woodland, Anna Zhou of Gunn-Palo Alto and Aman Sangha of San Mateo, all 71; and Isabella Bosetti of Justin-Siena and Grace Park of Cupertino, both 73.