Brooke Nethercott returned to where it all began for her on Monday.

A rising sophomore at the University of Hartford, Nethercott was enjoying a round of golf at a place where she spent much of her youth -- Griffith E. Harris Golf Course. Beginning the 14th hole at 3-over-par, Nethercott was on her way to possibly, winning the Townwide Flight of the 2013 Women's Town Tournament, but then the rains came and play was suspended for the day.

Though the annual tournament was postponed until July 10, Nethercott stayed at the Griff for a bit and reflected on her first season on the women's golf team at Hartford -- a squad she made quite an impact on as a freshman. It didn't take long for the 2010 Connecticut High School Coaches Association Player of the Year to shine for her new team. In Hartford's season-opening tournament in the fall -- the Tignanelli Towson Invitational at Towson Golf and Country Club in Phoenix, Md. -- Nethercott finished 12th among a 90-player field after shooting an even-par 72 in the final round. Her strong showing helped the Hawks finish fifth in the event.

"That was my first tournament as a member of the team, so shooting a 72 (the best round on the team) was exciting," Nethercott said. "The fall season went really well for me. I shot in the 70's a lot and my average was around 80. It was a great experience."

There were more standout performances from Nethercott. She placed eighth overall in the ECAC Division I Women's Championship in Sept., shooting a team-best 155 over the two-round competition, that saw Hartford place a close second behind Boston University. The spring season was also a success for Nethercott, as she had the second lowest score (167) for the Hawks at the 36-hole William & Mary C&F Bank Intercollegiate Tournament in March and posted the team's best round over the final 18 holes of the MAAC Championships in Fla., in April.

"We went all the way from New Hampshire to Florida, so we got to travel a lot, which was a lot of fun," said Nethercott, a three-time All-State selection while at Greenwich High. "I really like my teammates and our coaches are great. We had a good fall and spring season and even though, we lost two seniors, we are gaining four freshmen this fall, so it should be interesting."

Nethercott, who helped lead Greenwich to the FCIAC title in 2010 and 2012, will take her talents to the Lincoln Women's Met Open Championship next week at Scarsdale Golf Club and the Connecticut Women's Amateur at Rockledge Country Club Aug. 12-14. Before then, she will probably shoot a round or two at her favorite course in town, The Griff.

"I used to come here to The Griff every day and practice for hours," Nethercott said. "I remember going to Joe Felder's clinics (the PGA head professional at Griffith E. Harris) and having a lot of fun. I met so many people here and became used to playing with a lot of different people."

Golf is a family affair for the Nethercotts. Brooke's father Joe, competed in the Men's Town Tournament over the weekend, placing a solid third. One of her younger sisters Kendyl, plays for Greenwich High, and her youngest sibling Sydney, caddied for her Monday at the Women's Town Tournament.

"We all enjoy playing," Nethercott said. "It was nice having Sydney here caddying for me and it's always a lot of fun to be back here at this course."; 203-625-4423