GREENWICH — Lianna Amoruso’s successful season as a freshman on the Sacred Heart Greenwich golf team got even better in a big way on Monday.
Amoruso won’t forget the round of golf she played at Round Hill Club Monday — a round resulting in her first win at a very special tournament.
Shooting a 3-over-par 38 over nine holes, Amoruso won the 23-player Caroline Dym Memorial Golf Tournament held at Round Hill Club. Formerly called the FAA Tournament, the event was renamed to honor the memory of Caroline Dym, who died in August at the age of 18 just before beginning her senior year at Sacred Heart. Dym was a member of the Tigers’ golf team.
“It feels amazing, this is the first tournament I’ve ever won and this is the lowest I’ve ever shot and it feels good that all the hard work I put in has paid off,” Amoruso said.
Amoruso was consistent throughout and stayed away from posting big numbers on each hole.
“I played really well, I was in all the right spots and just made it easy,” Amoruso said. “I was aware that I was having a good round, but just tried to play my game and focued on putting the ball in the hole. The putt I made for par on No. 9 was a key putt for me and I made a couple up-and-downs to save my round.”
Winning a tournament in Dym’s honor made the victory especially significant to Amoruso, who teed off with the fourth group on Monday.
“It feels special she was a mentor to me and she really welcomed me on to the team last year and it was a big blow to the team when we lost her last summer,” Amoruso. “It’s nice that the tournament is in her name.”
Josephine Genereux of Sacred Heart and Sammy Bobman from Rye Country Day School finished in a second-place tie at 5-over-par 40.
“I birdied No. 8, which was great going into nine,” Genereux said. “Overall, I was happy with my irons today. We’ve had a great team and a great season, hopefully, we’ll continue it.”
Carly Haines carded a 41 for the Tigers, while Katie Dzialga of Greenwich Academy and MaryGrace Farrell from Sacred Heart each shot a 42.
“I started out pretty well, I had three pars,” said Haines, a sophomore. “I think my up-and-down on eight was really good and my up-and-down on nine was a good way to finish my round. My putter was the best club in my bag today, would not have had as good a round if it wasn’t for my putter.”
Dzialga, a freshman played with Haines in the first group.
“Overall, it was a good round, the greens were a little slow, a little bumpy, but overall it was a fun round,” Dzialga said.
On the fifth hole, Dzialga’s second shot fell into the rough, but she hit her 9-iron to within 10 feet of the hole on her third shot, highlighting her solid round.
“It’s been a fun season for our team and I am looking forward to the New England Tournament next week,” Dzialga said.
Farrell teed off in the second group, as did Emmy Sammons of GA, who posted a 43.
“My putting was a little off today, but overall the round was enjoyable, the course was great,” said Sammons, a junior. “I had a concussion, so this is my second week back and I was happy to be on this beautiful course.”
Farrell parred several holes en route to finishing with her round of 42.
“I had a hard first hole, but I came back at the end,” said Farrell, a freshman, who played on the team as an eighth-grader a year ago.“I made a really hard par on the second hole, then had a nice run of five pars in a row, which was nice. I feel like I was really feeling the greens. My driver was working really well for me, which kept me in good shape. I feel like our team is in great shape for the next few years to come.”
Grace Zhao and Stephanie Lane, both seniors carded a 45 for Greenwich Academy. Amoruso, Bobman, Genereux and Haines earned All-FAA Team honors.
“It warmed our hearts that the athletic directors came together and named the tournament in her (Caroline Dym’s) honor,” Sacred Heart coach Karen Panarella said. “We really feel her presence here today. It has been a real honor.”