“The bus ride home was very quiet. The girls were very disappointed, Barnes said.
Berlin finished second in the meet to Greenwich. But the Redcoats had won the previous three championships and on Tuesday, were looking to make it four out of five.
Julia Kemmling and Ashley D’Attilio both shot 83 to help lead Berlin back to the title at Orange Hills Country Club. The Redcoats won by 13 strokes over Greenwich, the defending champion.
“You saw it from the start of the season, in the cold weather and the snow (during preseason practice),” Barnes said. “They said, ‘Coach, we want to win everything.’ I said ‘Fine by me.’ I always said to my girls, ‘You learn about yourselves in defeat than when things go well.’ They learned a lot about themselves last year and worked harder than ever and this is what you get for it. Next to the first one, this is the most special.”
Abbie Underwood shot an 87 to help Berlin post a cumulative total of 346. Greenwich finished at 359 behind Catherine McEvoy, who fired an even-par 74. McEvoy was the only golfer to break 80 at Orange Hills CC.
McEvoy finished with birdies on holes 9, 16 and 17.
“She has had a tremendous season. She’s been so consistent all year, she’s unflappable,” Greenwich coach Marie Shimchick said about McEvoy.
Simsbury finished third with a 375 total, followed by Staples (376) and Newtown (384).
Gabby Martin from Hand finished second for the second straight year. Martin, a sophomore, shot 6-over 80 to lead the Tigers to a tie for 11th with Trumbull at 397.
“The conditions were a little tough. The greens were faster than last year. It was hard to keep approach shots on the green,” Martin said.
Said Hand coach Jon Wilson: “She was the best ball striker on the golf course today. Once she putts a little more consistent to match up with her ball striking, look out. I’m very excited for the next two seasons.”
Hand, the only New Haven area team in the meet, finished 11th last year and six strokes better on the same course. The Tigers were 16-0 during the regular season and won the Southern Connecticut Girls Golf League championship meet.
But Wilson knows in order to be among the state’s elite girls teams, the Tigers need to toughen up their regular-season schedule.
“I talked to a couple of coaches here. I hope to do some home-and-away matches with a number of new teams,” Wilson said. “The only way to test ourselves is to play good, strong competition.”
- Berlin 346 (+50); 2. Greenwich 359 (+63); 3. Simsbury 375 (+79); 4. Staples 376 (+80); 5. Newtown 384 (+88); 6. Danbury 385 (+89); 7. East Catholic 386 (+90); 8. Glastonbury 387 (+91); 9. Fairfield Warde 391 (+95); 10. Ridgefield 394 (+98); T11. Daniel Hand 397 (+101); T11. Trumbull 397 (+101); 13. Hall 403 (+107); 14. Farmington 425 (+129); 15. Northwest Catholic 434 (+138)
(*Denotes played as individual)
- Catherine McEvoy, Greenwich 74 (E); 2. Gabrielle Martin, Daniel Hand 80 (+6); T3. Julia Kemmling, Berlin 83 (+9); T3. Ashley D’Attilio, Berlin 83 (+9); T5. Anelise Browne, Staples 85 (+11); T5. Sarah Houle, Newtown 85 (+11); T5. Emma Heim*, Suffield 85 (+11); T8. Katelyn Mooney, Danbury 86 (+12); T8. Mikayla Sheary, Simsbury 86 (+12); T10. Mary Bennewitz, Staples 87 (+13); T10. Abbie Underwood, Berlin 87 (+13); T12. Sarah Vimini, Fairfield Warde 88 (+14); T12. Elizabeth Andrian, Glastonbury 88 (+14); T12. Katelyn Jylkka, East Catholic 88 (+14); T15. Alexa Brown, Trumbull 89 (+15); T15. Kelsey Sullivan, Simsbury 89 (+15); T15. Erin Schroeder, Daniel Hand 89 (+15); T18. Michelle Dicke, Hall 90 (+16); T18. Sydney Stengel, Wamogo 90 (+16); 20. Juliana Lee, Darien 91 (+17)