Greenwich High

Greenwich High girls golf team enjoys successful Senior Day against Danbury, continues undefeated season

Photo by David Fierro: Members of the Greenwich High School girls golf team gather after the team posted a victory against Danbury at Griffith E. Harris Golf Course in Greenwich on May 23, 2023.

Wednesday’s match against Danbury marked the Greenwich High School girls golf team’s Senior Day and it celebrated its special day with what has become a familiar result this spring – a decisive win.

The soaring Cardinals continued to excel at Griffith E. Harris Golf Course – their home course – and continued their impressive perfect season with a standout performance against the Hatters in a late-season FCIAC matchup.

Junior Caroline McShea shot a 1-over par 38 and junior Charlotte Langhorne carded a 2-over-par 39 to pace Greenwich in its 169-240 over Danbury at Griffith E. Harris Golf Course. The convincing victory improved Greenwich’s record to 11-0. The Cards visited Staples Thursday at Longshore Golf in Westport and will enter next week’s FCIAC Tournament at Fairchild Wheeler Golf Club as the No. 1 seed.

Photo by David Fierro: Greenwich junior Caroline McShea taps in a putt on the ninth green during the Cardinals’ match against Danbury at Griffith E. Harris Golf Course in Greenwich on May 23, 2023.

“It’s been a blast, we’re undefeated and it’s so much fun,” McShea said of the Cardinals’ winning season so far. “Whether it would be an away match when we’re on the bus laughing together, or here on our home course having fun. We have such a nice team and we bond very well, so it’s very nice.”

Coached by Taner Karakas, Greenwich placed second behind New Canaan at the 2022 FCIAC Tournament and also finished second in the team standings at the CIAC Division I Championships one season ago. With what has transpired thus far this season, this could be the year of the Cardinals.

“We are the favored team going into FCIACs, for FCIACs, we have to work hard and put the work in beforehand to do well,” McShea noted. “It’s 18 holes, which is very different from our matches now, which is nine holes. So, we have to practice over the weekend.”

Photo by David Fierro: Charlotte Langhorne of Greenwich lines up a putt on the ninth green during the Cardinals match vs. Danbury in a FCIAC girls golf action at Griffith E. Harris Golf Course in Greenwich.

In Wednesday’s win versus Danbury, McShea parred four holes and sank birdie putts on The Griff’s par-3 fifth hole and par-5 eighth hole.

“I shot a 38 today, which was one over, which I think was the best I’ve shot this season at this course, which is really cool,” said McShea, who played at the No. 1 spot for the Cardinals. “My short game really brought me together. My drives weren’t as good, but my shots into the green and around the green made me put myself together.”

Like McShea, Langhorne is in her third season on the school’s varsity squad. Langhorne’s round of 39 against Danbury featured three birdies and three pars. She holed birdie putts on the par-3 fourth hole, the par-5 sixth hole and No. 8 (par-5).

Greenwich sophomore Ally Bauer putts on the ninth hole for the Cardinals against Danbury. Greenwich was victorious.

“Today was really good, for someone who got no pars on the par-3s, I only shot 4s and 5s, I’m pretty proud of how I did – it worked out mathematically,” Langhorne said. “I shot a 39, so it was pretty nice.”

Langhorne, who played at the No. 2 spot in the lineup, has helped anchor the top of the Cards’ lineup in each match for several seasons.

“I’m really happy with the last couple of rounds,” Langhorne said. “I’m hitting it far, hitting it straight, so I couldn’t ask for more. I was really happy with my chipping today, that can be one of the weaker aspects of my game, but it worked out today. I had a nice, calm round and I find when I’m mentally calm, it works out in my favor.”

The spirit and togetherness the team has displayed are characteristics that have impressed Langhorne.

Greenwich High School’s girls golf team defeated Danbury to remain undefeated.

“I really like how our team has bonded together,” she said. “Everyone gets along really well, we have a good team relationship and I feel like everyone builds each other up really well,” she said. “It’s really exciting having this undefeated season as a junior. A lot of it comes from how we bond together and build each other up. This entire game is based all around confidence.”

Ally Bauer, a sophomore, who is in her second season on the varsity squad, shot a 45 versus the Hatters for GHS at No. 3. Bauer posted two pars (par-5 fifth hole, par-3, No. 7).

“For the team it’s been great,” Bauer said. “We’re undefeated, 11-0, which is awesome and we beat our biggest rivals, which are New Canaan, Staples and Trumbull. “Everyone has been really solid. It’s been awesome to see everyone returning and play their best – it’s been a great season.”

Photo by David Fierro: Charlotte Langhorne in action for Greenwich’s varsity girls golf team against Danbury.

Maddie Driscoll, one of three seniors honored on Senior Day, shot a 47 for the Cardinals, including a par on the par-5 sixth hole. She’s been a mainstay on the squad for several seasons.

“I think I’m playing the best golf consistently that I’ve played all year,” said Driscoll, a team captain. “I feel very confident and just being with these people is so much fun for me.”

Victoria Arlia and Cici Ge were the other two Cardinals seniors that were honored on the team’s special Senior Day.

Freshman Ellery Talbot posted a score of 45, parring three holes, for GHS, while junior teammate Zarah Hillman shot a 53. For Danbury, Ella Schonfeld shot a 55.

The Greenwich High School girls golf team gathers after a Senior Day win against Danbury at Griffith E. Harris Golf Course.

Thursday’s FCIAC Championships at Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course in Fairfield is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. The CIAC Division I Tournament is slated to be take place at Timberlin Golf Club on June 7, with a starting time of 8:30 a.m.

“Our goal is to definitely win,” Langhorne said. “As the season goes on, I see a bright future for us the next few weeks and the next few rounds.”

“We definitely need to keep the mantra of one-shot-at-a-time,” Bauer noted. “You can’t get ahead of yourself. You have to slow yourself down, make sure you take every shot carefully and make sure you don’t get too far ahead of yourself.”

Said Driscoll: “I feel like we have always been right there, last year we got second in FCIACs and states. This year, it’s really exciting, because we have a really good shot of taking it all and I’m really proud of all of us.”

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