Greenwich High School’s girls golf team is heading into Thursday’s FCIAC Golf Championships with a lot of momentum and plenty of confidence after putting the finishing touch on a highly successful regular season on Tuesday.
The Cardinals celebrated their Senior Day with a 193-227 victory over St. Joseph at Griffith E. Harris Golf Course in Greenwich, capping a 9-2 regular season. The FCIAC Girls Golf Championships takes place tomorrow at Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course. The tournament features an 18-hole format.
Ella Fish, Greenwich’s only senior, was honored during a post match Senior Day ceremony the team held at Griffith E. Harris Golf Course. Fish has been a member of the Cardinals’ squad for four seasons.
“It’s a ton of fun,” Fish said of playing on the team. “I’ve really enjoyed seeing the team grow and growing as a golfer. It’s a lot more than a game of golf, you become really good friends with the people you play with and I just really enjoy it.”
Tuesday’s match against St. Joseph saw Fish shot a 9-hole score of 49. She finished her round in impressive fashion, sinking par putts on the final three holes. Greenwich goes into the FCIAC Tournament as the No. 3 seeded team.
“We are having a really good season, we had a couple of tough losses, but just by a couple of strokes,” said Fish, who will attend the University of Georgia. “We’re all ready for FCIACs and states and I think we’ll come out and show our best for those competitions.”
Freshman Ally Bauer shot a 47 over nine holes, while sophomore Zarah Hillman posted a 48. Sophomore Bella Crasto and junior Cici Ge each carded a 49 and junior Caroline McShea finished with a 50 for GHS.
Bauer parred three holes on her way to her nine-hole round of 47.
“Throughout the weekend I’ve been doing some swing reconstruction, so some of the straight shots I needed weren’t there today,” said Bauer, who has produced a stellar freshman season. “My irons were okay, I ended up with two pars and my ball striking was good.”
Playing in temperatures that exceeded 90 degrees, made for an extra challenging day on the course.
“I just needed to stay hydrated and make sure to pace myself,” Bauer said. “I tried not to walk too fast and made sure I drank a lot of water.”
Thursday’s FCIAC Championships marks Bauer’s first appearance in the postseason tournament for the Cardinals. The CIAC Girls State Tournament will soon follow the FCIAC tourney.
“I’m very excited about the FCIAC Tournament – 18 holes,” Bauer said. “I’ve been playing a lot of nine holes recently, but 18 too. I’m very excited and I’m definitely going to do more work tomorrow and on Thursday, I’ll be ready for FCIACs.”
“States I think is going to be awesome,” she continued. “I’m really excited to see all the different players and get to know everyone. I think it’s going to be awesome to play with all these great teams.”
Hillman parred three holes in her round of 48, while Crasto and Ge each had two pars. McShea feels good about the team as they head into the conference tournament on Thursday against their formidable rivals.
“I’m very confident in us and I think FCIACs and states are going to go really well,” McShea said. “I’m really excited.”
Playing in the tournament as a freshman last spring benefited McShea and her teammates.
“That was an amazing learning experience,” McShea said. “Last year, I was more nervous going into FCIACs and states, because it was my first time. Now I have more experience and I feel really confident and I’m really excited. I feel great about the team.”
For St. Joseph, Jamie Andrade shot a 46 to earn medalist honors. The FCIAC Championships begins at noon on Thursday at Fairchild Wheeler.