Greenwich High

Cardinals girls golf team entering the postseason in impressive fashion

Photo by David Fierro: Greenwich High School’s girls golf team defeated Wilton at Silvermine Golf Club in Norwalk.

With only one regular season match remaining before it participates in the competitive postseason tournaments, the Greenwich High School girls golf team is producing the type of results it was hoping for at this point of the season.

The Cardinals are indeed, trending upward, as they head into the championship tournaments. One day after defeating Ridgefield at Millbrook Country Club in Greenwich, the Cardinals topped FCIAC foe Wilton, 185-222, at Silvermine Country Club in Norwalk on Tuesday.

Posting its fourth straight victory, Greenwich sports a record of 8-3, going into their final match of the season – another matchup against Ridgefield on Friday, this time at Ridgefield Golf Course.

“I’m extremely proud and excited about how the team is doing,” Greenwich coach Taner Karakas said. “It looks like we’re going to lock up the second seed in the FCIAC Tournament.”

On June 3, the FCIAC Tournament is scheduled to be held at Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course in Fairfield. The CIAC Division I state golf championship is slated to take place on June 9 at Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange.

“They’ve exceeded all of my expectations this year,” Karakas said. “We’re just going to look to go into the FCIAC Tournament, do the best that we can there and follow that up by competing our hardest at states.”

Freshman Caroline McShea shot the best score for Greenwich over nine holes Tuesday at Silvermine, carding a 44. Her round included a par on the par-6 sixth hole and five bogeys.

“I shot a pretty consistent score, I stayed in the same numbers I have been doing consistently,” McShea said. “I had pretty good drives, pretty good approach shots and all my chips shots were right close to the hole.”

McShea plays at the No. 1 spot for the Cards.

“I love the course, it’s really nice and I enjoy playing here,” McShea said of Silvermine. “It’s really nice and I’ve played here before for a kid’s tournament.”

Photo by David Fierro: The members of the Greenwich girls golf team hold up eight fingers, signaling that they earned their eighth victory of the season on May 25, 2021, by defeating Wilton at Silvermine Golf Club in Norwalk.

Wilton junior Samhita Kakerlapudi earned medalist honors. Kakerlapudi shot a 40 over nine holes. She sank par putts on the par-4 second hole and the par-3 seventh hole for the Warriors. Greenwich freshman Bella Crasto (No. 5) shot a 46. Crasto was consistent throughout her solid round, posting five bogeys. Sophomore Victoria Arlia also carded a 46 for the Cardinals, finishing her round with two pars.

Junior co-captain Ella Fish (No. 3 spot) shot a 47 for Greenwich in a round that included a par putt on the par-4 fifth hole. Fish likes what she’s seen from the squad heading into the postseason tournaments.

“We all have good rounds and bad rounds, but we continue to practice and everyone has good shots in them and everyone knows their way around the course,” Fish said. “We have to go in with a good mindset and if we utilize all the resources we’ve been given I think we’ll be fine. At the FCIAC Tournament, it’s going to be a lot playing 18 holes and a very different environment. But if everyone does their best, we’ll be happy with that.”

Senior Sarah Peng, also a co-captain, had a round of 48 from the fourth spot.

“It went OK, it was a short course and normally I don’t play well on par 3s, so I was not expecting too much, but overall, it went well,” Peng said. “I hit off the tee pretty well today, my drives put me in a good position to get on the green in two.”

Like her teammates, Peng is looking forward to the FCIAC tourney.

“I’m very excited and I can’t wait,” Peng said. “A lot of girls haven’t played at Fairchild Wheeler, so it should be an interesting round. Hopefully, we’ll get a practice round in before FCIACs.”

Freshman Charlotte Langhorne (No. 2) shot a 50 for the Cardinals against Wilton. Her par came on the fourth hole.

“I didn’t have my best round, but I had some bogeys and I dealt with them pretty well,” said Langhorne, who mentioned the team’s victories against Darien and Warde for being some of the Cards’ noteworthy wins. “The girls we were playing with were really nice today, so it was a fun round. Today, I hit my hybrid really clean.”

Next week’s FCIAC Tournament certainly figures to be competitive among the conference’s top teams.

“I feel really confident that we are going to do really well,” McShea said. “This is a great team and we’ve all bonded very well.”

Said Fish: “If we go out and use all the shots we’ve been practicing and try our best, that’s all we can ask for.”

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