WESTPORT — Now seniors, Catherine McEvoy of Greenwich and Anelise Browne of Staples are two of the top golfers in the state, and are a part of two programs that consistently compete against one another to be the top team in the FCIAC.

They tested their skills against one another Tuesday at Longshore in an early season showdown. McEvoy edged Browne 36-37, but Staples won at the No. 2-4 spots to prevail 187-193 and hand Greenwich its first loss of the season.

“They just have such a championship program,” said Staples coach Patty Kondub of the Cardinals. “I’m proud of my girls, they played great. Greenwich is well-coached and played hard.”

Both stars produced stellar rounds as McEvoy birdied the third and fifth holes en route to a 1-under par effort on her 18th birthday, while Browne earned a birdie on the first hole. Browne’s round was a career-best on her home course.

“(Browne) is a really solid player who has gotten better,” McEvoy said. “It was definitely very tense out there; it was a good match and good for us to play each other. I think we brought the best out of each other.”

Playing in the No. 4 spot, Staples’ Erika MacDonald fired a 48 for the third lowest score of the afternoon. Teammates Alex McMahon and Olivia Wood each shot a 51 for Staples.

Greenwich’s Tess Lamhaouar had a 51, Gracie Sunoo shot a 53 and Ashley Feighery had a 54.

The teams tied in the meeting in Westport a year ago as Greenwich posted an undefeated season. The Wreckers were the last team to top the Cardinals in 2014.

“It’s a disappointment, we’re not going to lie about that,” Greenwich coach Marie Shimchick said. “The girls tried their best but it’s one shot at a time. It wasn’t the best round that we’ve ever had, but that’s golf.”

Staples (4-1) has won four straight matches after a season-opening loss at Danbury, while the Cardinals (5-1) were coming off a close win over the Hatters.

The schools will face off at Griffith E. Harris course in the Wreckers’ season finale May 24. Behind strong starts, Greenwich and Staples have already showed early in 2016 that they will be among the top contenders for FCIAC and state titles in June.

“They get a lot of good competition,” Shimchick said of her team. “It helps prepare for FCIACs and certainly prepares for states. It gets us ready for just about anything.”

rlacey@bcnnew.com

STAPLES 187, GREENWICH 193

(at Longshore, Par 37)

Greenwich—Catherine McEvoy 36, Ashley Feighery 54, Gracie Sunoo 53, Tess Lamhaouar 51; Staples—Anelise Browne 37, Alex McMahon 51, Olivia Wood 51 Erika MacDonald 48. Records: Greenwich 5-1; Staples 4-1.