GREENWICH — A cold, rainy day wasn’t conducive to shooting low scores, but the Greenwich High School girls golf team certainly held its own during its match against Wilton at Griffith E. Harris Golf Course on Tuesday.
With junior Sydney Nethercott leading the charge with a round of 40 over nine holes, the Cardinals defeated the Warriors for the second time in as many tries this spring.
Greenwich upped its mark to 2-0 with a 185-235 victory over Wilton in a match played in chilly, rainy conditions. Senior captain Grace Sunoo complemented Nethercott’s round of 40 by shooting a solid 42 at The Griff. Freshman Sofia Ghorbel carded a 45, while Jackie Intriere finished with a 58 for the Cardinals.
Nethercott, who earned FCIAC Player of the Year honors in 2018, parred several holes to start her round and sank a par putt on the par-3 fifth hole. She has recorded birdies on the sixth and seventh holes.
“I started off hitting the ball really well,” Nethercott said. “I parred the first hole, which is good, because it’s a pretty hard hole. I was 1-under through seven and then it started raining and my hands got really cold and there were some tough shots.”
The Cardinals’ No. 1 player likes what she sees from the squad early in the season.
“I think that we have a good lineup, there are definitely strong players on our team,” said Nethercott, who has a busy summer of junior tournaments planned. “We have a good shot at winning.”
Sunoo made a par putt on the second hole, then birded No. 3. She also had pars on the fifth and eighth holes.
“I thought my woods were very consistent, that helped me the most and kind of alleviated the putting,” Sunoo said. “The greens were in good condition. I had a few slip-ups in a few holes, but my long game made up for it and I had a pretty good round.”
Sunoo is the lone senior on the Cardinals’ squad.
“It’s been a good turnout, we are all happy we have a lot of new players,” Sunoo said. “There are a lot of freshmen and some sophomores, who all bring their own skill set to the team.”
Freshman Erin Cromwell shot a 56, while Samhita Kakarlapudi finished with a 57 for Wilton (0-2), which has played Greenwich in both of its matches. Senior Karli Williams, one of the captains, shot a 61.
“We have three freshmen on the team and they have played a bunch of golf as kids and are committed to playing golf, so I am enthusiastic about our future,” Wilton coach Stuart Waack said. “They all have good swings and a passion and enthusiasm to get better, just like our whole team.”
GREENWICH 185, WILTON 235
AT GRIFFITH E. HARRIS GOLF COURSE, GREENWICH
Greenwich: Sydney Nethercott 40; Grace Sunoo 42; Sofia Ghorbel 45; Jackie Intriere 58; Wilton: Karli Williams 61; Samhita Kakarlapudi 57; Sloan Barker 61; Erin Cromwell 56; Medalist – Nethercott; Records: Greenwich 2-0; Wilton 0-2.