Each new season brings with it at least some level of optimism.

With every member of the Darien High School girls' golf team back in the fold from last spring's team, hopes are especially high that the Blue Wave can at least improve on the 2012 results.

If the Wave can make even the slightest of steps forward, the team will achieve its goal of qualifying for state tournament competition. The Wave missed out on postseason qualification by just a tenth of a shot in the course differential qualification guidelines, coach Brian Zeyer noted.

Darien went 4-9-2 last spring and is looking to pick up a few more wins in the process of shooting well enough to extend the season.

So far, so good. The Wave shot a 206 in the April 3 season-opening win at Fairfield Ludlowe's home venue, Smith Richardson Golf Course. What's more, the team had a 78.6 course differential, about 20 points better than last year's visit to Ludlowe.

The team is led by senior captains Izzy Lee and Courtney Kyritz. Sophomore Julianna Lee and junior Margot Sweeney begin the campaign among the top four, and Zeyer can turn to any of several equally-skilled golfers for the fifth spot.

Seniors Callan Clasby and Althea Perley, junior Morgan Fenton, along with sophomores Amanda Sload and Megan Whittier, are all competing for playing time. Sload is new to the team, as is Fenton.

"They know their roles. They're trying to improve - trying to get up to the top four," Zeyer said.

Zeyer is hopeful that the Wave can battle into the top grouping of conference teams and qualify for the FCIAC tourney.

"I have a feeling we can play probably with anybody on one of our good days," the coach said.

Going into his 12th year with the team, Zeyer is only two seasons removed from the state tourney. He said the girls are using their close finish and missing out on the playoffs last year as motivation to focus hard on making every shot count.

If the season-opening win is any indication of what's to come, Zeyer has reason to believe his squad is in for a good year, he said.

"I expect the girls to keep grinding it out like we did (in the opening match) and I expect us to make states," Zeyer said.

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