Griffith E. Harris Head Golf Professional Joe Felder is certainly used to presenting a winner’s trophy to a member of the Nethercott family following a Town Golf Tournament.
Sydney Nethercott, a 2020 Greenwich High School graduate, captured the Townwide Flight title of the Greenwich Ladies Town Golf Tournament on Monday, a day after her father Joe won the Senior Flight championship of the Men’s tourney at Griffith E. Harris Golf Course.
In 2015, Kendyl Nethercott claimed the Townwide title at the Ladies Tournament and Brooke Nethercott, a 2012 GHS graduate, was a Greenwich Junior Tournament champion in 2011. Indeed, the Nethercott household has quite a collection of town golf trophies, with the families’ youngest daughter Sydney, adding to the display with a standout performance on Monday.
Making her first appearance in the event, Nethercott shot an impressive 70 to win the 2021 Townwide title. Anne-Laure Coby, who claimed the Townwide Flight championship in 2018 and 2019, also turned in a strong round, shooting a 74, which was good for a second-place finish.
“I got started early with a strong start and I just kept going and the nerves kind of went away,” said Nethercott, who played golf at Greenwich High and is now a member of the Fairfield University women’s golf team. “I would definitely say I was hitting the ball good all day, so I just kept going with that.”
The Griff is Nethercott’s home course, a venue where she often sees PGA Head Golf Professional Joe Felder, who is in his 32nd and final year in his role. Felder is retiring after the season.
“I think it’s cool, it’s Joe’s last year, so our family wanted to be the winners and we won, which is great,” Nethercott said. “Joe has done so much for us and he is always here when I’m here, so it will feel different without him for sure.”
Displaying her effective short game, Nethercott was consistent each hole and avoided putting up big numbers.
“I had some lip outs, but overall, I didn’t putt bad,” she said. “I didn’t have any three putts, so I’m happy with that.”
Nethercott will begin her sophomore season on Fairfield’s golf team this fall. The team competes in both the fall and spring.
“It was fun, the first semester we didn’t have a season (due to the COVID-19 pandemic), but we still practiced and worked out,” Nethercott said. “The second semester, we had a season, so that was fun and it’s cool playing golf as a member of a team.”
The Fairfield University rising sophomore will play in the Lincoln Women’s Met Open Championship at The Apawamis Club in Rye, N.Y., July 5-6 and will also compete in a U.S. Amateur Qualifier this summer.
She starred on Greenwich High’s girls golf team for several seasons.
Besides shooting a 74, Coby earned the Townwide Flight’s low net honors with a 68. She was the Townwide champion in 2019 with a 79.
“I was definitely a little more inconsistent this year, because I had a baby four and a half months ago, so I had less practice time,” Coby said. “But my short game was pretty good today and that’s what saved me. I had some good putts.”
Three birdies ignited Coby’s impressive round.
“I gave everything I had for my little boy, who is at home with my husband,” Coby said.
Sue Lacombe shot a solid 80, Jane Giuliani, a Greenwich High graduate, posted an 89 and Kendyl Nethercott finished with a 90.
“It’s always fun to come out and play,” said Kendyl Nethercott, who played golf at Manhattanville College, after competing at Greenwich High. “It is Joe’s last year, so it was nice to come out with Sydney this year. she played great.”
The tournament was a reunion of sorts for several former Greenwich High golfers, as the Nethercotts, Guiliani and Amanda Yu, a 2016 GHS graduate, each competed Monday at The Griff.
“I was here to have fun, I wanted to see my old teammates,” said Yu, who also played basketball during her Greenwich High days and is a 2021 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis. “I played on the team with Sydney, Jane and Kendyl, so it was great to see them today. The last time I played in this tournament was 2018, so it was great to be back here.”
Said Kendyl Nethercott: “I was glad I was able to see everyone and played in the same group with Amanda. I haven’t played with her since high school.”
Petra Saichin-van der Lee won the Senior Flight title, shooting a 90. Maureen Bailie was the runner-up with a 92, while Karen Cohen was third (97).
“I have won in the past, but it’s been a while,” Saichin-van der Lee said. “The last few months, I was really not playing well. But today, everything came together. I only lost one ball and my long game kind of got me there. I’m happy with my score.”
Her round finished with a par on No. 18.
“This course was amazing, the greens were amazing and I had a great group to play with, we’re all friends,” she said. “We all had a very successful day.”
Julie Gibian was presented with the Senior Flight’s low net award (69).
SUPER SENIOR FLIGHT
Suzanne Weiser took top honors in the Super Senior division, carding a 90 to win the title.
“It feels good to win it, since this is Joe’s last year here,” Weiser said. “This was my third or fourth year playing in the tournament and it’s always nerve-wracking, but it’s always fun being here. Even though this is my home course, I always have nerves in these tournaments. You try to take it slow, but you are so excited. I’m glad it worked out.”
Lee Murdoch finished second in the Super Senior group, posting a 93.
“I was a little apprehensive, because I haven’t been playing that well,” Murdoch said. “But I came around and I ended up doing okay. Overall, I am delighted to be here again playing in this tournament.”
Sharon Peterson shot a 96 and earned the flight’s low net award (74).
Sydney Nethercott 70 gross, 72 net; Anne-Laure Coby 74 gross, 68 net; Sue Lacombe 80 gross, 71 net; Jane Giuliani 89 gross, 89 net; Kendyl Nethercott 90 gross, 90 net; Melissa Bazar 93 gross, 83 net; Juliette Santulin 93 gross, 85 net; Melanie Santulin 95 gross, 79 net; Olga Harvey 96 gross, 96 net; Laurie Schelz 97 gross, 76 net; Amanda Yu 103 gross, 103 net; Diana Mahaney 104 gross, 82 net
Petra Saichin-van der Lee 90 gross, 74 net; Maureen Bailie 92 gross, 70 net; Karen Cohen 97 gross, 80 net; Eileen Rosella 98 gross, 81 net; Kaisa Newhams 99 gross, 80 net; Wendy Quaranta 99 gross, 79 net; Christina Downey 101 gross, 73 net; Inger Mark 103 gross, 78 net; Julie Gibian 104 gross, 69 net; Debbie Thron 108 gross, 95 net, Meg McCreery 123 gross, 91 net
SUPER SENIOR FLIGHT
Suzanne Weiser 90 gross, 75 net; Lee Murdoch 93 gross, 77 net; Sharon Peterson 96 gross, 74 net; Hsiao-Lien Boardman 98 gross, 77 net; Kathleen Basset 103 gross, 78 net; Patricia Dadakis 103 gross, 79 net; Eileen Grasso 106 gross, 85 net; Nahed Hallaba 107 gross, 107 net; Angela Tammaro 108 gross, 84 net; Carole Kiachif 111 gross, 79 net
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