The Greenwich High School girls golf team capped a solid season with a ninth-place finish in the team standings at the CIAC Division I Golf Championships held at Grassy Hill Country Club in Orange.
The Cardinals finished in a ninth-place tie with Farmington with a four-player team aggregate score of 410. Hall won the Division I girls title with an aggregate score of 349 in the 18-hole tournament. New Canaan, which recently won the FCIAC championship, was the Division I runner-up (363), followed by Amity (374), Trumbull (382) and Fairfield Ludlowe (385).
Cheshire placed sixth (386), Glastonbury finished seventh (393) and Staples was eighth (403). Greenwich finished ahead of Newtown (412), Ridgefield (413), Fairfield Warde (416), Darien (434) and Conard (447) in the team standings.
“My team persevered yesterday in hot conditions and slow pace,” Greenwich coach Taner Karakas said. “Our goal at states was extra focus on greenside shots and putts. They also needed to consider outside factors like conserving energy and staying hydrated, so there was a lot to think about. They did not play their collective best, but they gave it everything, which is all I can ask for.”
Freshman Caroline McShea paced Greenwich with a round of 96 at the No. 1 spot. McShea had a par on the course’s par-4 fourth hole and holed a parr putt on No. 8, also a par-4. She also had seven bogeys during Wednesday’s tournament.
Charlotte Langhorne, also a freshman, shot a 97 over 18 holes from the No. 2 position for the Cardinals. Langhorne parred four holes – Nos. 3 (par-3), 4 (par-4), 5 (par-5) and 11 (par-4). Her round also included four bogeys.
Junior co-captain Ella Fish (No. 3) carded a 104. Fish holed par putts on the fourth and sixth holes. Senior co-captain Sarah Peng shot a 113 from the No. 4 spot for Greenwich, which won the FCIAC West Division title this season. Also competing at the CIAC Division I Championships for the Cardinals was freshman Isabella Crasto.
Caterina Petrovic of Farmington won the individual state title, posting a 4-over-par 74 at Grassy Hill. Karakas was pleased with the steady and consistent progress Greenwich displayed.
“I am extremely proud of what we were able to accomplish this season,” Karakas said. “At the start, there were many unknowns and I was not sure if we would get the entire season in. To see where the girls are and think back to where they started shows tremendous growth. I think they learned a lot from this season and they will be able to apply that to next year, as we hope to grow the program beyond what it is now. We will also look to build off of our success as we defend the Western Division next year.”