TRUMBULL >> Plenty has happened to Catherine McEvoy since the last time she was the medalist at the CIAC state girls golf championship meet in June of 2015.
She won the Connecticut Women’s Amateur championship last August. Just last week, she was low amateur in the Connecticut Women’s Open, finishing tied for eighth overall at the Round Hill Club in Greenwich.
Keep in mind she is still a senior in high school. McEvoy completed her final season on a high note, repeating as medalist on Tuesday with a 1-over-par 73 to claim medalist laurels in the girls golf championship meet at Tashua Knolls GC.
“Overall, I’m pretty pleased,” said McEvoy, who will play at Michigan State next season. “Having high school golf in the spring really helped me develop into the player I was over the summer the last four years. I’m really proud of myself for everything I accomplished, and this being my last year and we won as a team is a great feeling as well.”
McEvoy said she does plan to defend her title at the Women’s Amateur in August.
“She’s always been able to step up in those big moments,” Greenwich coach Marie Shimchick said.
The 73 also helped Greenwich claim the overall team title. The Cardinals finished at 341, seven strokes better than Danbury. Ashley Feighery tied for 13th with an 84 to help Greenwich claim its second title in the last three years.
“This is sweet. We didn’t play well in the FCIAC tournament as a team,” Shimchick said. “The underclassmen wanted to do this for Catherine, who has been an incredible leader. I’m excited for what we will be able to do next year based on the kinds of things we have instilled in them this year.”
Liz Garfield from Lauralton Hall was the runner-up, shooting a 2-over 74, a career-best in competition. A member at Mill River CC in Stratford, Garfield had shot 72 at Tashua in a practice round Saturday.
“I’ve been out of school for a few days, so I’ve been able to focus on my golf game,” said Garfield, who made four birdies. “I relied a lot on my putting. It came in handy. I really can’t ask for anything more as a freshman.”
After tying for 11th the last two years, Hand finished third this year, totaling 356 strokes, five better than New Canaan. It was the highest finish ever for the program.
“I felt we could have been in the top five,” Hand coach Jon Wilson said. “Next year, we will have a conference (the Southern Connecticut Conference is starting up varsity play in the sport). We are looking forward to it. The sport is growing. I know Morgan is starting a varsity program next year and Amity started one this year.”
Junior Gabriellle Martin was her normal steady self, posting an 81. But Martin’s teammate, Erin Schroeder, came in with a career-best 79 in her final match for the Tigers. She tied for third place with Katelyn Mooney of Danbury.
No one else broke 80.
“My low was 82 (at Madison CC) before today,” said Schroeder, who will play golf at Gettysburg College next season. “My putts were going in. I was very excited and I knew it would definitely help the team.”
Fairfield Warde rounded out the top five with a 368 total.
CIAC championship meet
(at Tashua Knolls GC)
Team results: 1. Greenwich 341; 2. Danbury 348; 3. Hand 356; 4. New Canaan 361; 5. Fairfield Warde 368; 6. Glastonbury 370; 7. Farmington 371; 8. Darien 374; T9. Trumbull 376; T9. Staples 376; 11. Berlin 380; 12. Conard 388; 13. Mercy 390; 14. Wethersfield 392; 15. Newtown 394; 16. Simsbury 397; 17. Northwest Catholic 404; 18. Wilton 413.
1. Catherine McEvoy, Greenwich 73 (+1); 2. Elizabeth Garfield, Lauralton Hall 74 (+2); T3. Erin Schroeder, Hand 79 (+7); T3. Katelyn Mooney, Danbury 79 (+7); T5. Danielle Polinchock, Danbury 80 (+8); T5. Alexa Brown, Trumbull 80 (+8); T7. Emily Cohen, Darien 81 (+9); T7. Sarah Houle, Newtown 81 (+9); T7. Gabrielle Martin, Hand 81 (+9); T7. Anelise Browne, Staples 81 (+9); 11. Katelyn Jylkka, East Catholic 82 (+10); 12. Tessa Piontkowski, New Canaan 83 (+11); T13. Lauren Capone, New Canaan 84 (+12); T13. Mia Grzywinski, Farmington 84 (+12); T13. Taylor Rogers, Plainville 84 (+12); T13. Ashley Feighery, Greenwich 84 (+12); T17. Katherine Mullen, Northwest Catholic 85 (+13); T17. Roxanne Garceau, Woodstock Academy 85 (+13); T17. Emma Heim, Suffiekd 85 (+13); T20. Mia Gramesty, Fairfield Warde 86 (+14); T20. Kelsey Sullivan, Simsbury 86 (+14); 22. Elizabeth Andrian, Glastonbury 88 (+16); T23. Bridget Barnsley, Amity 89 (+17); T23. Alexandra Tully, SMSA 89 (+17); T23. Morgan Lewis, Farmington 89 (+17); T23. NoraNoel Nolan, Wilton 89 (+17); T27. Meghan DeVille, Mercy 90 (+18); T27. Heidi Kaelin, Glastonbury 90 (+18).