The Braves stayed in sole possession of first place in the Marin County Athletic League with a 235-257 win over second-place San Marin at Indian Valley Golf Club in Novato on Tuesday, and a forfeit win over visiting Novato on Thursday at Napa Valley Country Club, where Justin-Siena carded a 263.

San Marin hoped to avenge its only league loss when it hosted the Braves. But with medalist Kathleen Scavo carding a 38, Maria Davis a 41 and Emma Duge a 47, Justin-Siena dropped the Mustangs to 8-2 in the MCAL. Kristina Reyna added a 54, Eleonore Catteau a 55, and Elizabeth Picard a 68 for the Braves.

“We knew going in that this was going to be our toughest match of the year,” Justin-Siena coach Ray Graziani said. “The girls rose to the occasion, shooting one of our lowest team totals of the year. One of our goals at each match is to break 240 and this was a great time to do it.”

San Marin was led by Allison Nieh 41, and a 44 from former Vintage High golfer Madi Brown.

On Thursday, Novato showed up with only four players -- one short of an official team -- but the teams still played a practice match. Scavo led the way with a 37, followed by Davis with a 42, Reyna a 55, Catteau a 64, Hannah Smorra a 65, and Anais Gonzalez a 75.

“It has become apparent that Napa Valley Country Club is one of the toughest courses in our league for the girls to play,” said Graziani. “I believe that most players have difficulty with the rolling terrain of the course. You have many uneven lies to play from and it takes experience to learn how to hit these shots. Playing here as our home course is making the girls better players and it will help us in the long run.”

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