Greenwich bests Staples in matchup of undefeated girls golf teams
Updated 8:45 am, Wednesday, May 13, 2015
When the Staples and Greenwich girls golf teams faced off at Longshore last month, they couldn't be separated in a 182-182 tie. Prior to Tuesday's rematch, both teams carried undefeated records.
This time the Cardinals had the home course advantage, and took full advantage. Playing at Griffith E. Harris Golf Course, Greenwich defeated Staples 171-193 as Catherine McEvoy fired a 39 to earn medalist honors. Greenwich improved to 8-0-1 while Staples dropped to 7-1-1.
"Things are really starting to come together for many of them, and the low amount of putts leads to low scores," said Greenwich coach Marie Shimchick, who added she believed it was the lowest score her team has ever shot at its home course. "It's nice to do be able to do that here."
The two preseason favorites for the FCIAC title have both gotten off to excellent starts this spring, but the Cardinals held serve at home. Two strokes separated the schools in both meetings last year as the road team claimed wins, but things weren't as tight this time around as Greenwich beat its previous low score at home by eight strokes.
"I know they have a solid team all around," McEvoy said. "It's something you have to focus on when you play them."
McEvoy delivered another sub-40 round to lead the Cardinals.
"I had three bogeys and a birdie, so besides that I was pretty solid," McEvoy said. "I think I had 15 putts which is pretty good; overall I was happy."
In addition to McEvoy's round, senior Mana Fujiwara (40) and sophomore Ashley Feighery (41) delivered crucial performances for the Cardinals.
"(Fujiwara) has made such an improvement since her freshman year," Shimchick said. "She has worked really hard to bring her scores down and realizing that her teammates are relying on her."
For Staples, Anelise Browne had the lowest score with a 44, followed by Mary Bennewitz (46) and Emily Lane (49) close behind. Alex McMahon had a 53 for the Wreckers, who began a stretch of six matches in 10 days Monday.
"Anything can happen on any day," Shimchick said. "Staples is a really good team knowing that at any point in time they are going to have somebody shoot low numbers; this is a tough course."
Kendyl Nethercott finished off a 51 to round out the scoring for the Cardinals, who have five matches left in the regular season, including the last at home on Wednesday against Ridgefield.
Wreckers coach Patty Kondub declined comment.
Greenwich 171, Staples 193 (at Griffith E. Harris Course): Staples--Anelise Browne 44, Alex McMahon 53, Mary Bennewitz 47, Emily Lane 49; Greenwich--Catherine McEvoy 39, Ashley Feighery 41, Kendyl Nethercott 51, Mana Fujiwara 40; Records: Staples 7-1-1; Greenwich 8-0-1.