Cards top Rams in match of youthful teams
Published 7:45 pm, Wednesday, May 4, 2011
The Greenwich and New Canaan girls golf programs have combined to hang three FCIAC banners in the last three seasons Combined, the two teams have one lone senior starting in 2011.
Each undergoing their own rebuilding process, the Cardinals prevailed during Monday's match against the Rams, posting their first sub-200 round of the season in the wake of an undefeated FCIAC title campaign in 2010.
"That's a really good step," Greenwich coach Marie Shimchick said. "(Under 200), that's a really good sign for things to come."
Nethercott, the 2010 Connecticut High School Coaches Association player of the year, started hot with a birdie on the first hole -- a 274-yard Par 4 -- while posting seven pars and a double bogey on a difficult No. 4.
Ushering in a roster of sophomores and juniors after losing his top four golfers, New Canaan coach David Fine continues to roll with the highs and lows that come along with his youth.
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"I guess you can say with the inexperience, we've been up and down," said Fine, now in his sixth year after winning back-to-back league championships in 2008-09. "This was one of our down days. We've definitely done better than this, but that's part of the territory when you're learning." Bridget Falcone and Kate Gilhool finished out the top four with a 57 and 59, respectively, for the Rams.
Losing to Fairfield Warde and Darien in early April, Greenwich (5-2, 4-2) also worked in underclassmen into the lineup. With the injury to one her top four, Shimchick got her first glimpse of freshman MacKenzie Freder, making her varsity debut in the fourth spot on only a few hours notice
Despite being edged out by teammate Caroline Lee (58) for the last qualifying round, Freder impressed her coach with a 62 and was strategically placed in the second foursome with senior co-captain Courtney Enright (53).
Under the new league schedule, each FCIAC team will face each other twice this season, giving New Canaan another crack at Greenwich on May 17.
"With these girls we talked in the beginning of the season about a two-year plan," Fine said. "With some never playing varsity matches before, this year is about gaining experience. That's what we're out here doing. There are a lot of very good teams out there -- Greenwich is one of the top teams in the FCIAC . So we're out here gaining the experience and doing the best we can."