The Hand girls golf team qualified for its first CIAC state championship meet on Tuesday at Orange Hills Country Club.
The Tigers, who became a varsity program in 2009, had their best regular-season record ever (15-2) and are ranked 11th in score differential among girls golf teams in Connecticut.
“The first day of tryouts, I stated that our goals were much higher than in years past,” Hand coach Jon Wilson said. “We were determined to finish with a record above 50 percent in wins and qualify for the CIAC state championship.”
Freshman Gabby Martin has been either medalist or co-medalist in every match, according to Wilson, and finished with a stroke differential if 4.1.
“Her performance this season was more than I could ever have anticipated,” Wilson said.
Senior captains Caroline Gabriele, Abby Nugent and Kelsey Anderson. juniors Katie McKeon and Morgan Werth and sophomores Erin and Emily Schroeder have contributed also this season. Now they get to compete against the top teams in the state on Tuesday.
“The entire squad worked and pushed one another to a higher standard of excellence every day,” Wilson said. “We will approach the states like every event with an intent to play our best and finish this season strong. I look forward to see where we stand with the elite teams throughout the state.”