Sibling rivalry of Sarah Jane and Lilly Catarozoli boosts Petaluma girls golf

  • Lilly Catarozoli hits an approach shot on the fairway while her sister Sarah Jane, left, looks on during varsity match play between Petaluma and Healdsburg high schools at Tayman Park Golf Course in Healdsburg, California on Thursday, October 8, 2015. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

There’s nothing like having a competitor breathing down your neck, forcing you to perform your best or be overtaken.

Then add the extra pressure that the shadow is your sister. Your little sister.

Petaluma High School’s top two girls golfers this year are the Catarozoli sisters, Sarah Jane, 16, and Lilly, 14.

Catarozoli Sisters On Petaluma Golf Team


So far, Sarah Jane, a junior, has been able to hold off her freshman sister and remain on top. But Lilly also has her sights on being the best.

The friendly competition has been good for the team, said coach Chris Jones, whose years at the helm have coincided with Sarah Jane’s first years in high school.

“They play very well together,” he said. “I asked Lance, their dad, if it was OK to put them at 1 and 2, not knowing the family dynamic. He said, ‘Absolutely, they get along very well.’

“It’s a little competitive,” Jones said. “It’s not so competitive that it’s a problem. It’s a good sisterly rivalry. As a coach, you like to see that.”

It helps that the sisters have played sports together for most of their lives.

“We try to push each other up,” Sarah Jane said. “There’s definitely a competitive element, but it’s different because we’re two years apart. I know she’s comparing her freshman scores to mine.”

The sisters often warm up together and, being Nos. 1 and 2, play in the same foursomes in Sonoma County League matches.

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