Staples girls golf runners-up at FCIACs, boys 4th
Published 10:46 pm, Wednesday, June 3, 2015
With Greenwich junior Catherine McEvoy sinking birdie putts and consistently hitting the fairway and greens en route to shooting a tournament-record 2-under-par 71 during Wednesday's FCIAC golf championship, it was obvious another title was in the Cards.
Sparked by McEvoy's sparkling round and solid scores throughout their lineup, the Cardinals kept their dynasty going, capturing yet another FCIAC championship with exactly the same score they registered last season.
Posting a team score of 342 at D. Fairchild Wheeler, Greenwich won its fourth straight FCIAC tournament title and fifth in the last six years. A year ago, the Cardinals won the tournament by three strokes, but Wednesday they left nothing to chance -- finishing ahead of runner-up Staples (364) by 22 shots.
"This is definitely a good momentum-booster for us going into states next week," McEvoy said. "Today, I managed to play really well and so did the rest of the players on our team."
"I was putting pretty good today," McMahon said. "My driver and tee shots were off, but my short game was saving me, which was kind of helpful. The greens dried out a little bit, so at the end, it was kind of hard to read them."
Ridgefield was right behind Staples, finishing third with a score of 365. Senior standout Rachel Corry carded an 84, while senior Megan Gold shot a 90.
"We were always the underdogs this year, but we worked hard and really stepped up," Corry said. "I couldn't be more psyched about how well we did. I played scrappy out there and saved myself in certain positions."
Consistency is one of the keys to McEvoy's game.
"Overall, I played well, hitting 17 of 18 greens," McEvoy said. "Ten was a key hole for me. I hit a good drive and got up-and-down for birdie, which gave me a lot of momentum."
The Cards' No. 1 golfer broke Alexandra Sazhin's -- her teammate from last season -- FCIAC tournament mark of 1-over-par 74.
"I know she has that type of round in her," said GHS coach Marie Shimchick, who guided the Cards to a 15-0-1 regular season record. "She has been very consistent this year and today, she was able to take advantage wherever she could. Her swing has been so consistent."
McEvoy also holed birdie putts on the 15th and 18th holes.
"I was just trying to stay focused and I tried not to worry about my score," McEvoy said. "We're excited to win the tournament again."
Senior Amanda Sload shot an 84 and senior Juliana Lee finished with an 88 for Darien, which placed fourth (381).
"Amanda has turned it on lately and she led the way with her best round of the season," Darien coach Brian Zeyer said. "Juliana has been steady all year and once again, managed to post a good score."
McEvoy was named the FCIAC Player of the Year for her achievements.
Ignited by junior Justin Clark's sizzling round of 68, New Canaan’s boys team claimed the FCIAC championship for the first time since 2010, finishing with an eye-popping team score of 303.
Darien (307), was the runner-up, followed by Ridgefield (309), Staples (313), Warde (318) and Greenwich (319). The Cardinals had won the conference championship the previous three seasons. Senior Chris Tohir carded a 76, senior Kyle Finnican shot a 78 and junior Brett Capone finished with an 81 for the champions.
Dan Cozzi (76), Peter Richards (77) and Stephen Gai (79) led Staples, while Trumbull (327) got a round of 75 from Ryan Levy. Fairfield Warde (318) got an impressive round of 72 from Tom Gannon and a 79 from Tyler Mazut.