Darien girls golf team takes third at FCIAC championship
ORANGE -- It's about the team, coach Marie Shimchick said, about the Greenwich Cardinals and how "interdependent" they were on the way to an FCIAC girls golf championship Tuesday.
"They had really thought about the golf they were playing, what they had to to, focused on their team," Shimchick said after receiving the championship trophy at Orange Hills Country Club.
"They had to trust that, if they had a bad hole, they had to really come back, that four other people were relying on them."
With two of the top five golfers -- including freshman medalist Catherine McEvoy, who shot 5-over-par 79 -- the Cardinals earned a four-person score of 361, 17 strokes better over 18 holes than second-place Staples.
The title was Greenwich's second in a row and third in four seasons.
"I'm really happy with how they all played," said Shimchick.
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The young Cardinals' scorers included sophomore Alexandra Sazhin, who tied for third with an 85; sophomore Kendyl Nethercott, who carded a 98; and freshman Amalie Young, with a 99.
They were solid numbers for a team that went unbeaten in the regular season, though Shimchick said it's hard to say she expected a day like Tuesday.
"Nothing's ever what you expect," Shimchick said. "Anything can happen any one day, especially in a one-day tournament, especially wondering how the weather's going to be."
They beat the rain by less than an hour, but Staples coach Bob Byiteck certainly understands the rest of that statement. He was hoping for a better score and some better performances all around from the Wreckers.
"We're back here next Tuesday for the state championship," Byiteck said. "We've got to bring it down 20 shots. That's five shots a girl."
He was happy to see recognition on the all-FCIAC team for five Wreckers, led by Faith Garcia on the first team. Garcia, a junior, shot 85 on Tuesday, tied for third.
But he knew when the numbers started coming in that his team was going to finish a little too high. He had a feeling before the tournament what it was going to take.
"Sarah," Byiteck called to one of his players in the clubhouse. "What'd I say we'd have to shoot?"
Sarah Duvall replied, "360."
That would've done it by a stroke.
Rachel Corry of Ridgefield tied with Sazhin and Garcia for third, the only other golfers under 90. Corry was one of seven golfers competing as individuals; only the top four teams qualified their full complement of five golfers.
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FCIAC Girls Golf Championship
at Orange Hills CC, par 74, 5,616 yards
Teams: Greenwich 361 (Catherine McEvoy 79 (medalist), Alexandra Sazhin 85, Kendyl Nethercott 98, Amalie Young 99); Staples 378 (Faith Garcia 85, Anelise Browne 94, Christie Cantor 99, Erica Stein 100); Darien 401 (Izzy Lee 83, Julianna Lee 97, Amanda Sload 107, Courtney Kynitz 114); Danbury 410 (Sam Steichen 97, Katelyn Mooney 100, Jen Bischof 102, Liz Pena 111).
Individuals: Rachel Corry, Ridgefield, 85; Bailey Cooke, Fairfield Warde, 94; Sarah Vimini, Fairfield Warde, 96; Colomba Martinez, Trumbull, 99; Bridget Falcone, New Canaan, 106; Caitlyn Longwell, Trumbull, 111; Kate O'Neill, Fairfield Ludlowe, 119.