Greenwich girls golf team tops New Canaan, improves to 4-0
GREENWICH — From freshman Sydney Nethercott’s round of 40, to another solid solid performance by Ashley Feighery, to Amanda Yu’s season-low score of 45, the Greenwich High School girls golf team had plenty to be excited about in their match against New Canaan on Monday.
The season is young, but the Cardinals have certainly shown that they will contend for both the FCIAC and state titles. Greenwich passed its latest test against a formidable New Canaan squad Monday, posting a 176-185 victory at Griffith E. Harris Golf Course.
The Cardinals improved to 4-0-1 with the win, while the Rams — also one of the teams to watch out for in the FCIAC — are 3-1.
Nethercott, a freshman playing at the No. 2 spot, birdied the par-5 third hole and the par-3 fifth hole, en route to carding a 40. She also parred two holes.
On the fifth hole, Nethercott came close to making a hole-in-one, as her drive landed two feet from the hole.
“The team is looking so great, Sydney is a great addition to our team,” said Feighery, a senior.
Sydney Nethercott’s older sisters Brooke and Kendyl were each standouts on the GHS golf team and went on to play at the collegiate level.
“She is definitely following in her sister’s footsteps,” Feighery said of Sydney Nethercott. “It’s exciting to see a freshman with so much potential do so well.”
Feighery carded a 42, behind five pars at the No. 1 position. She closed out her round with three consecutive pars.
“I had really consistent drives today and that’s something I’ve been working on with Joe Felder (Griffith E. Harris golf professional),” Feighery said. “He’s helped me get my driver back. If I can get a good drive off the tee it really shortens the length of the holes. I think I’m back in the swing of things with my driver.”
New Canaan also had a solid match. Senior Tessa Piontkowski shot a 43 at No. 1 to lead the Rams.
“I birdied No. 3 — it’s always nice to get a birdie in your round,” Piontkowski said. “I hit my drive well and overall, it was a good round. I just took it one hole at a time and one shot at a time.”
Piontkowski likes what she sees from the team thus far.
“We have amazing players on our team and I am so proud of them,” Piontkowski said. “Everyone is really focused and improving so much.”
Sophomore Morgan Hibbert finished with a 47 at No. 2 for the Rams.
“I focused on my chipping,” Hibbert said. “I have worked on it in practice and it helped me throughout my round today. I was definitely putting well today. This was my first time playing this course and it was fun.”
Lauren Capone shot a 48 from the third spot for New Canaan, while Yu had a 45 for GHS. Yu parred the second and third holes.
“My putting was really good today, that was my best score of the season so far,” Yu said. “I parred two and three, which helped me get into the swing of things. Everyone on the team is pulling their own weight. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do at the state and FCIAC championships.”
Meghan Mitchell posted a 47 at No. 3, while Jane Giuliani shot a 49 for Greenwich.
“I’m so excited for our team,” GHS coach Marie Shimchick said. “It was the first time Jane broke 50 in a varsity match and Amanda had her best score of the year, with 14 putts. Sydney was outstanding and Ashley has been so consistent and rock-solid for us. If we can keep things going in the right direction it will be a great season.”
GREENWICH 176, NEW CANAAN 185
at Griffith E. Harris Golf Course
Records: Greenwich 4-0-1; New Canaan 3-1.