GIRLS GOLF Ready for a title run
Since the 2005 season, the Greenwich High School girls golf team has compiled 192 wins — an average of 13 victories a year — and only 32 losses, to go along with five FCIAC Championships and two state titles.
Featuring Sydney Nethercott, the 2018 FCIAC Player of the Year, and senior captain Grace Sunoo, the Cardinals, who are regarded as one of the most consistent teams in the FCIAC and state, should once again, make their mark on each course they compete on.
“I am really positive about our team,” said GHS coach Marie Shimchick, who has guided the Cardinals to all of their titles. “They are hard workers and they are committed to improving their game, so as a whole, the team will be stronger.”
Greenwich, which finished fifth in the team standings at both the FCIAC and state tournaments last spring, opened their 2019 season with a 173-204 victory against Wilton on Thursday at Silvermine Golf Club.
Nethercott, a junior, picked up where she left off when was an All-FCIAC and All-State First team selection in 2018, shooting a 37 over nine holes to earn medalist honors.
The Nethercott family has quite a legacy on the Greenwich golf scene, as Sydney’s older sisters, Brooke and Kendyl also starred for the Cardinals, before taking their golf clubs to the collegiate level.
“I expect her (Nethercott) to have another great season,” Shimchick said. “She has been playing in a lot of outside tournaments on the junior circuit, as well as AJGA tournaments.”
At the CIAC girls state golf championships at Tashua Knolls Country Club in 2018, Nethercott (who is in her third season on the squad) finished in a second-place tie with Meghan Mitchell of New Canaan by shooting an impressive 3-over-par 75.
Sunoo, who is beginning her fourth season on the Cardinals, carded a 40 in the team’s season-opening triumph against Wilton.
“Gracie has been a solid player in our lineup since she was a freshman and she knows her way around the course,” Shimchick said. “She was a junior captain last year, so this is her time to take the reigns and take hold of the team. She has a lot of potential and it’s wonderful to having seniors like her come back, who are commited to being part of the team.”
Junior Jacqueline Intriere, who was out sick for the squad’s first match of the season, returns and should provide depth to the team, while freshman Sofia Ghorbel registered a round of 40 in her debut for GHS on Thursday.
Sophomores Lily D’Oliveira and Sara h Peng are among some of the first-year varsity players that will be relied upon to help the Cards maintain their consistency. Ashley Tweddle, a sophomore, an d Trinitee Mungai, a ju nior, should also see action over the course of the season.
Greenwich, which graduated All-FCIAC West Team selection Jane Giuliani (who is playing golf at Manhattanville College), Carlyn Marinaccio and Jessie Aselin, need their experienced golfers to lead the way.
“Having Sydney and Gracie here will help them,” Shimchick said. “Our younger players don’t have much team-match experience. Course management is new to them in terms of setting up their shots, so they are working on it.”
Indeed, playing in the ultra-competitive FCIAC is a challenge Greenwich is looking forward to meeting. New Canaan won the conference title the past two seasons and edged Fairfield Warde for the state championship in 2018.
“New Canaan is loaded, they just keep reloading every year,” Shimchick said. “Fairfield Warde, Staples, Ridgefield and Ludlowe will also be very competitive. There are a lot of good teams and we should be in the hunt, if we continue to progress the way we are. Playing in the FCIAC provides a lot of incentive to keep on improving.
“How our players see themselves as golfers and how they see golf as part of their lives is far more important to me, than wins or losses. I would like to see them develop friendships on this team and enjoy the social aspect of it, the camaraderie.”