One of the top amateur golfers in the state took home another crown in her first major tournament since completing a legendary career at Newtown.
Sarah Houle cruised to the Connecticut Junior PGA Championship crown, firing a 2-under 138 over two days at Yale University Golf Course.
Houle birdied nine holes over the course of two rounds in winning by seven strokes. Houle shot a 67 Tuesday to snare a three-shot lead heading into the final round.
“It was the third year that tournament had been at Yale,” said Houle by phone Friday. “It can be a pretty intimidating course if you haven’t played there before; I let that get to me my first two years. I’m not sure if it was how sharp my game was or course familiarity, but I felt really comfortable and was able to remain aggressive.”
It was another banner year for Houle and her Nighthawks teammates. Newtown — which went 14-1 during the regular season — won its third SWC title in Houle’s four years with the team as she was medalist with a 73. Houle then won the state championship with a 70, five shots ahead of second place.
“Just the fact that we were a new program when I was a freshman; we’ve been here four years and won three SWC championships,” Houle said. “We were proud we were able to keep this program going and I hope our success will continue to draw attention to the team since we are graduating four players.”
The state title was her second straight and culminated with her being named the Connecticut High School Coaches Association’s Golfer of the Year. Houle then finished fourth at the Hartford Women’s Open June 10.
Houle will participate in several local tournaments over the summer, along with competing at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship in California in mid-July. Houle will then head to The College of William and Mary.
“I’m going to miss a lot playing for Newtown, playing for all my friends and family,” Houle said. “I think it will be somewhat difficult transition, but that being said I’ma excited to see how I can bring my game to the next level in college.”