New Canaan wins FCIAC girls golf title
FAIRFIELD — It was a championship that was four years in the making.
A slow and steady journey became a milestone title Thursday as the New Canaan High School girls golf team captured the FCIAC Championship at Fairchild Wheeler golf course.
“This title is a testament to the leadership of our three senior captains (Alex Esposito, Abigail Ker, Tessa Piontkowski). In their careers we went from two wins in their freshman year to four wins as sophomores to 11 wins as juniors,” said New Canaan coach Priscilla Schulz. “This season we had 13 victories in the regular season. I can’t put into words what winning this championship means.”
Using the best four out of five scores format, New Canaan earned the team crown with a 338 total. Greenwich was runnerup at 355. Warde (361), Darien (380) and Staples (398) completed the five-team field.
“It is amazing. It’s so great. It was the last FCIAC championship for me,” said New Canaan senior Tessa Piontkowski. “I knew we had it in us. It was a great competition and a great job by all the Rams.”
Sophomore Meghan Mitchell led the way with an 80, her best round of the season. Sophomore Morgan Hibbert (85), junior Lauren Capone (86, despite a troublesome wrist) and Piontkowski (87) completed the effort to give New Canaan and Schulz its first FCIAC Girls Golf title.
“The girls had great demeanor on the course. We preached about it being an 18-hole marathon. If you have a bad hole, don’t worry,” New Canaan’s Schulz said. “We didn’t ask anyone to be a hero. Just be calm and consistent. Our practice round here Tuesday made the girls feel comfortable about the course and reading the greens.”
FCIAC East Division regular season champ New Canaan outfought FCIAC West Division regular season champ Greenwich for the championship plaque. It was coach Schulz’ first FCIAC girls golf crown at New Canaan as well as the third FCIAC Girls Golf title (2008, 2009) in Rams’ history.
Freshman Sydney Nethercott (85) led the Cardinals followed by senior Amanda Yu (89), sophomore Gracie Sunoo (89) and senior Ashley Feighery (92). Jane Giuliani finished at 106.
“I’m proud of the way the girls toughed it out. They did their best and finished a great season strong,” said Greenwich coach Marie Shimchick. “Kudos to New Canaan. They shot lights out today. It’s a great win for New Canaan. They have been building a great program the past few years.”
MEDALIST HONORS FOR BROWN
Brown’s round, which included one birdie, edged out Darien sophomore Emily Cohen (79). Cohen received the FCIAC Player of the Year Award Thursday. Wilton senior Nora Noel Nolan —also competing individually—was next at 80 along with New Canaan’s Mitchell.
“My swing felt good today. I knew I had to bring my best since this was my last FCIAC Girls Golf Championship. After four years, I felt I knew the course well,” Brown said. “As a senior I felt it was my time. I’ve been waiting for this forever. The accomplishment feels great.”
FCIAC GIRLS GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
At Fairchild Wheeler course, red tees, par 73, 5,234 yards.
2, Greenwich 355 (Ashley Feighery 92; Sydney Nethercott 85; Gracie Sunoo 89; Amanda Yu 89). Jane Giuliani 106.
3, Warde 361 (Jessica Nuzzaci 87; Emily Healy 87; Nadia Caputo 94; Mia Gramesty 93). Bethany Fell 116.
4, Darien 380 (Emily Cohen 79; Bridget Wolters 94; Ashley Amirsakis 99; Caroline Martzolf 108). Haley Meier 112.
5, Staples 398 (Olivia Wood 96; Sophie Carozza 95; Alex McMahon 102; Erika MacDonald 105). Abigail Miller 108.
All-FCIAC First Team: Emily Cohen (Darien), Sydney Nethercott (Greenwich), Ashley Feighery (Greenwich), Nora Noel Nolan (Wilton), Alexa Brown (Trumbull), Jessica Nuzzaci (Warde).
FCIAC Player of the Year: Emily Cohen (Darien).