Veteran New Canaan girls golf team believes the time is now
According to senior captain Krissy Parrett, "the future is now" for the New Canaan girls golf team.
Having looked to the future with a young team throughout the 2011 season, the entire varsity squad returns for 2012. And with a full complement of seasoned veterans, this "future" looks bright.
Head coach David Fine, who is in his seventh season at the helm, realized that with such a young team last season, he was looking at a two-year plan.
"So now we're midway through that two-year plan," Fine said. "Last year we got experience, we did the things we needed to do and we made the state tournament. This year we look to make a little bit more noise; we're looking to be heard again."
"We've all worked together for so long; we really do well together," captain Kate Gilhool said.
While 2011 was considered a building year, the team still managed a decent showing. The squad posted a 6-6 overall record and qualified for the state tournament, finishing 13th overall.
"The New Canaan girls golf team has built up a strong reputation in past years," captain Chloe Davis said. "Last year was different for us, not being at that same recognition, so we're all really excited to build our team back up and get that reputation back."
"We built our foundation last year for this year, and we expect to be in FCIACs and states," captain Amanda Chin said.
In girls' golf, the top four Fairfield County teams make it into the FCIAC tournament, and the top 15 teams statewide make it into the state tournament. In 2008, New Canaan completed a trifecta, going undefeated, winning the state championship and taking the FCIAC title. The 2009 season was the last time the team won the FCIACs.
Parrett filled the number one slot last year and will do the same this year.
"It's a hard thing to play number one, and Krissy has really stepped up to the challenge," Fine said. "A lot of these FCIAC teams have exceptional No. 1 players, often scratch golfers, and Krissy is able to play with them."
In addition to the other captains, the team will look for strong performances from juniors Bridget Falcone and Gabby Balzano.
The FCIAC is known for its competitive golf. Often, six of the nine FCIAC teams make it to the state tournament. In such a competitive environment, every matchup is key. Still, the captains said that they are especially looking forward to playing Darien, which won the FCIAC title last year.
"The FCIAC is very strong. We didn't make the FCIAC as a team last year, and one of our goals is to get into the FCIAC tournament again," Fine said. "When it comes down to the day of the match, it doesn't matter whose best on paper, it only matters who plays best that day. If we can get all five girls to play their best on that day, we have just a good a shot as anyone else."
The season tees off on April 18 at the Country Club of New Canaan when the Rams will host the Greenwich Cardinals.