Greenwich High

Greenwich High School girls golf team places second at CIAC Division I Golf Championships at Tashua Knolls

Contributed photo: Members of the Greenwich High girls golf team pose with coach Taner Karakas, who is holding the second-place trophy, after the team placed second at the CIAC Division I Golf Championships.

Following a strong second-place finish at the FCIAC Tournament, the Greenwich High School girls golf team put the finishing touch on a standout season by finishing an impressive second at Monday’s CIAC Division I Golf Championships, held at Tashua Knolls Golf Course in Trumbull.

New Canaan won the team title at the CIAC Division I Golf Championships for the second straight season, posting a four-player aggregate score of 324. Greenwich finished second in the 15-team Division I Championships, registering a four-player aggregate score of 352. Trumbull placed third (364), followed by Amity (365) and Staples (376). Glastonbury (376), Conard (382), Hall (385), Cheshire (391) and Newtown (396) rounded out the top 10 teams.

Sophomore Caroline McShea produced the best round for the Cardinals over 18 holes at Tashua Knolls on Monday. McShea shot a 9-over-par 81 to pace Greenwich.

McShea’s round was highlighted by a birdie on the par-4, 316-yard fifth hole. She also sank par putts on seven holes, five of which came on the course’s back nine. McShea shot a 41 on the front nine and 40 on the back.

Freshman Ally Bauer carded an 89 for Greenwich. Bauer also parred seven holes on her way to her solid round. She shot a 41 on the front nine and a 48 on the back.

Charlotte Langhorne, a sophomore, shot a 91 (45-46) to also pace Greenwich. Langhorne’s round included two pars and one birdie. Her birdie came on the par-4 304-yard 11th hole.

Sophomore Zarah Hillman finished with a round of 91 as well for the Cardinals. Hillman parred three holes and recorded two birdies (par-4 280-yard fourth hole, 10th hole, par-4, 286-yard). Junior Madeleine Driscoll shot a 99 for the Cardinals at the ultra-competitive tournament.

For CIAC Division I champion New Canaan, Molly Mitchell shot a 3-over-par 75 to pace her team. She posted 11 pars and two birdies during her sparkling round of 75.

Amanda Vigano also helped lead New Canaan to the team title. Vigano finished with a 7-over-par 79 during a round that featured nine pars and two birdies. Rams teammates Sofia Carlberg and Faith Hobbs each shot an 85.

Mitchell earned medalist honors for the tournament and won the event’s Individual championship. Aoife Devaney placed second with a 76, while Laniah Moffett shot a 77. McShea finished in an eight-place tie overall in the individual standings, tying Staples’ Anne Lemcke with an 81.

Greenwich, coached by Taner Karakas, made a significant jump in the team standings from last season at the Division I Championships. In 2021, the Cardinals placed ninth with a team aggregate score of 410.

This spring also saw Greenwich earn a successful regular season record of 9-2, before placing second at the FCIAC Tournament held at Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course.

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